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AMAZING SPACE
A kid centered page for all things to do with space exploration: Hubble, Galileo, even a student astronaut challenge

ASK DR. UNIVERSE
Ask an expert service from Washington State university in which you can search the archive or ask your own astronomy question

BE A STARGAZER
NOVA offers these tips on how to observe the night sky and learn in the process

BLACK HOLE GANG
Online science fiction with built-in Science applications including hidden links about Einstein, bats and rainforests

CASSINI
NASA site covering the Cassini spacecraft's mission to Saturn and its moon Titan

CLASSROOM OF THE FUTURE
NASA's premier research and development program for educational technologies covering Aero-Space Technology, Human Exploration and Development of Space


EXPLORING PLANETS IN THE CLASSROOM
"More than 25 hands-on science activities are provided in classroom-ready pages for both teachers and students for exploring Earth, the planets, geology, and space sciences"

FROM MERCURY TO PLUTO
ThinkQuest entry that studies the planets, solar system and universe

HANDS-ON UNIVERSE
Enables students to investigate the Universe by viewing and analyzing images from an automated telescope and downloaded images from an image archive

HOW SATELLITES WORK
Practical classroom activities for learning how satellites operate

INTERACTIVE SKY CHARTS
Nearly 100 Java representations of known constellations listed alphabetically; manipulate the interface to view the sky from different angles!

K-8 AERONAUTICS
Digital textbook on Principles of Aeronautics, the Aeronautics Sign Language Dictionary, Tennis and Wind Tunnels, Scientists and Engineers Guide, Lesson Plans, Curriculum Bridges and an Internet Guide

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VIDEO FEEDS
Images that refresh at your option, plus links to RealAudio and RealVideo NASA TV

LIFE BEYOND EARTH
Based on the PBS series; examines the possibilities for other forms of life in the universe

NASA FOR KIDS K-4
All kinds of interactive activities online for kids - check out the teacher's section while you're there!

NASA KIDS CLUB
NASA page dedicated to making astronomy fun for younger students; primarily an elementary site

NASA'S CLASSROOM CALENDAR
Schedule of events for NASAs TV productions; includes listserv if you want to be kept abreast of upcoming programs


NASA'S PLANET QUEST
Examines questions of the origins of our universe; excellent graphics and (of course) first rate information

NASA'S PLANETARY PHOTOJOURNAL
Second to no one pics on every planet in our solar system

NASA'S QUEST
Made for teachers, includes such ongoing projects as NeuroLab, SpaceTeam and AeroDesignTeam, with links to other interactive projects

NASA'S SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORATION
Search by topic, grade level, solar system body and NASA mission to make use of these excellent online resources.

POLAR, WIND AND GEOTAIL PROJECTS
The earth-Sun relationship with extensive information, excellent video and pics, and a cache of teacher resources

SATELLITE SITE
Lots of good information on what satellites do and how they work, includes three interactive satellite building activities

SKY AND TELESCOPE
Online presence of the magazine that captures current news and stats on space

SOLAR SYSTEM LIVE
View the entire Solar System or just the inner planets; set the time and date, viewpoint, observing location, even track an asteroid or comet

SPACE
Photographs, videos and fascinating information

SPACE DAY
Activities that are truly fun to participate in - try them yourself then challenge your kids!

SPACE EXPLORERS
NASA opportunity for Middle and High School students to work synchronously with scientists as they learn about

SPACE PLACE
This site is designed for elementary students to have fun while probing space science; a variety of puzzles and activities for beginning heuristics development

SPACE SOUNDS
Simulations of each planet accompanied by sounds captured from space

SPACE WEATHER
From NBC affiliate channel 4 in D.C., current views of the sun and aurora, as well as lots of interesting information

STAR CHILD
Designed especially for lower elementary students, covers the solar system and space exploration

STAR JOURNEY
National Geographic site showcasing 39 images from Hubble placed in the format of a star chart - first class work, as always

STARS
An online observatory "dedicated to showing that all stars are not the same"

SUNSPOTS
Studies the nature of sunspots through interviews with solar physicists and archeoastronomers, historic images, modern NASA images and movies, and a sunspot research activity

WELCOME TO THE PLANETS
Collection of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program archived herein

WINDOWPANE OBSERVATORY
A popular culture approach to modern astronomy, with enough facts woven in to make it worthwhile

WINDOWS TO THE UNIVERSE
Wonderful University of Michigan site includes the Interior and Surface, Atmosphere, Magnetosphere, Water & Life, Planetary Facts and Image Archives

YOUR WEIGHT ON OTHER WORLDS
Onlince calculator that tells you what you will weigh on other planets, moons and stars

 

 
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