Space Exploration

Author and astronomer Carl Sagan said, "Something in us recognizes the Cosmos as home. We are made of stellar ash. Our origin and evolution have been tied to distant cosmic events. The exploration of the Cosmos is a voyage of self-discovery."

From the earliest of times, humans have always speculated about the stars. Chinese, Babylonian, Egyptian and other ancient cultures all made a practice of studying astronomy. Minus the advance of technology, this ancient inclination to dream about the cosmos is the same dream that drives modern space exploration endeavors. Galileo and John Glen are merely different chapters in the same story.

The future of space exploration will continue to transform. Man will continue to explore and bring his torch to the "billions and billions" of stars and galaxies beyond our current perception, deep within the darkness of the cosmos.


Places To Go    People To See    Things To Do    Teacher Resources    Bibliography

Places To Go

All About Astronomy
Learn about the stars, galaxies, our Sun, the planets, moon, asteroids, comets, meteoroids, the Kuiper belt, Oort cloud, and the Milky Way.
History of Space Exploration
At this site students can learn about the history of space exploration and find information about a number of United States, Russian, Japanese, and European missions.
Get the latest updates on NASA missions, subscribe to blogs, RSS feeds and podcasts, watch NASA TV live, or simply read about our mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.
NASA Kids Club
Care to take a virtual tour of the solar system? Or perhaps send your name to Mars aboard the next lander? You can do both at Space Kids, a NASA web site designed for "children" of all ages.
National Air and Space Museum
Although this site is organized primarily to highlight exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum, it does allow you to view photos and text descriptions of the various exhibits.
SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute
Find out what's new in the study of extraterrestrial intelligence.
Get the latest outer space and science news, NASA information, watch space flight videos at View exclusive solar system Images, latest astronomy news and more.
Space Place
Blast off to the Space Place launch pad to learn how to make and do space things and to see space science in action.
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
View the space image archive, visit the world's largest optical telescopes, and explore a host of other links related to astronomy and space exploration.
Windows to the Universe
This site s a user-friendly learning system on the Earth and Space sciences. The objective of this project, funded by NASA, is to develop an innovative and engaging Web-site that spans the Earth and Space sciences.

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People To See

Famous Astronomers and Astrophysicists
This site, which can be viewed alphabetically or chronologically, gives a glimpse of famous astronomers and astrophysicists.
The Galileo Project
The Galileo Project is a source of information on the life and work of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642). The aim of the site is to provide information about Galileo and the science of his time to viewers of all ages and levels of expertise.
NASA Astronaut Biographies
Read biographies of NASA astronauts. This site also has information about astronaut candidates, payload specialists, and Russian cosmonauts.
Women of NASA
This site profiles women in science and technology at NASA. It contains autobiographical essays and photographs. This site is the product of effort to expand choices and opportunities for girls interested in studying science, math, and technology.

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Things To Do

Astronomy Picture of the Day
A different astronomy and space science related image is featured each day, along with a brief explanation.
Astronomy throughout History
Embark on a journey through time, across the continents and into the lives of people from all times and places to learn more about the history of astronomy.
Mysteries of Deep Space
This website, the online companion to the PBS documentary that bears the same name, dives into the vastness of space as it presents the boldest new achievements of modern astronomy. Join astronomers as they probe the limits of the observable universe and peer into the violent worlds of black holes and supernovas.
The Nine Planets: A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System
Information about each planet and moon in our solar system with many pictures, discussion of the history of its discovery, exploration, and physical characteristics. In addition to the planets, there are also pages about the Sun, many moons, and asteroids, comets and meteorites.
Universe Today
Read the latest news in space exploration at this site.

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Teacher Resources

NASA Resources for Educators
Students, educators and faculty may explore and experience unique space and aeronautics content through NASA's education opportunities.
Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground
This site is for teachers looking for astronomy projects and ideas. It is set up like a book with chapters that cover a variety of topics from "The Earth's Rotation" to "the Meaning of Light."

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