Space Exploration and Astrobiology
The National Space Society is dedicated to an era when explorers will return to the moon and beyond. It features biographies about all of the astronauts, supplemented with images and sound.
Space News is an up-to-the-minute resource with classroom lessons, videos and images.
To understand scale in our solar system look at vimeo.com/139407849.
This project has students creating their own version of Juno, the Jupiter orbiter, and using it to detect magnetic field variations in "Jupiter". A good hands-on project for middle grade students.
NASA Kids Club is targeted towards kids in lower elementary school, while almost all other sites aim at older children. The cartoon-like format evokes question-asking, such as when will our sun become a shooting star? Interactively, kids can connect dots to learn about constellations.
All About That Space
"All About That Space" is a fun music video created by interns at NASA's Johnson Space Center. It was created as a parody of Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" to raise interest and excitement for Orion's first flight.
See what space scientists do when no one is looking. Makes a great intro video.
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If you or your students want to blast off during this summer, try Space Camp. They now have special camps for aviation and robotics.
The Exploratorium in San Francisco is offering astrobiology, the understanding of extreme forms of life on our planet and, more importantly, other planets and space bodies. Visit laboratories in sites, inaccessible to students in the real world,such as Licancabur Volcano in Chile.
What Happens if Your Body is Exposed to the Vacuum of Space?
In this SciShow video, Hank answers a viewer's most pressing question about what happens if the human body gets exposed to space. Would your head really explode? (Sorry, no.)
Surprisingly, a person has been exposed and lived to tell about it, as the video explains.
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Here's a blog post from NASA where researchers discuss how to keep astronauts safe and healthy during long trips through the solar system. Comparing space travel to a very long car trip, this page shows what space travelers are up against.
Will NASA find evidence of water on Mars? Qustions like these and their answers can be found at the National Astrobiology Institute's homepage.
Even on earth like Yellowstone National Park where temperatures in the hot springs might be above ninety degrees Centigrade, life thrives in and around them!
The Genesis spacecraft's mission is to collect samples of the solar wind; comparisons among samples will tell more about the formation of our solar system. NASA also sponsors a Cosmic Dust resource list.
The National Air and Space Museum sponsors a series of Family Days encouraging kids (and parents) to get excited about space. What events do your local technology museums hold?
Houston...We Have a Problem
In Telecommunications in Education News, vol 8, #1, published by ISTE, a cool project called "Houston...We Have a Problem" was implemented by linking schools in southern California, Hawaii and Maine via e-mail.
To solve the problem one school functions as Mission Control while others simulate functions in the Apollo capsule. They are given space-specific tools, e.g., a nuclear fuel cell, and compete to reach home the fastest. (And, you will recall, speed was critical to the lives of the astronauts so let's agree that this model is a "good" competition). This project is also very authentic in its requirement for coordination between Mission Control and the capsule itself.
Similar hands-on simulations can spur learning in your class or school.
Stephen was 9 years when he started working on this site with his Dad. Stephen wanted to learn more about space and share it with others. Includes a page on each planet and a quiz!
Sponsored by the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), this site provides a wide variety of resources about the Sun, Earth, Solar System, Space, Sciences, Culture, and People. There's even a games section for students.
The world of space science offers rich resources for students. Try integrating these resources with historical studies, such as early explorations.