Space exploration

Image: Window to the world by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

This collection of websites has information on the history of space exploration, astronauts, rockets and how they work, the Hubble Space Telescope, space stations, and the benefits of space exploration for human-kind. SCIS 1674376

See also Space


Amazing Space

This website contains classroom resources based on the Hubble Space Telescope's greatest discoveries. It includes amazing visuals from space, information on galaxies, black holes, and comets, and a detailed account of Mission 4 (to service Hubble). This website also contains pages dedicated to homework help.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/


Discover Primary Science and Maths

This online educational resource includes downloadable activities including how to make and launch different types of rockets (foam, paper, and balloon) and links these activities to science concepts.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://primaryscience.ie/activities_simple_search.php?type=strand_geography


Easy Science for Kids

Easy Science for Kids includes simple facts on Space Travel, a video clip on the N.E.X.T. mission, and a downloadable worksheet.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-space-travel/


European Space Agency – Kids: Life in Space

The European Space Agency (ESA) Kids website has information on space activities conducted by ESA. Topics include space transport, Mars exploration, space stations, astronaut training and living in space.

Suggested level: primary
www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/Exploration.html


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the school work site Many Answers use the search term space exploration.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://manyanswers.co.nz/


NASA

NASA presents an alphabetical list of their space missions. There is also a link to Humans in Space containing information on past, present and future manned missions.

Suggested level: intermediate
www.nasa.gov/missions/index.html#.U6NUeqKM7To


NASA Space Station Research For Educators

Lists some of the active education-related space station experiments. There is also a section for students, which includes links to activities such as Train like an astronaut.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate and secondary
www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/ops/research_teacher.html#.U9cLmEDO98E


National Geographic Space Timeline

The National Geographic Space timeline provides information on the history of space exploration in an interactive graphic. Related content, including video and photos, accompany timeline events from 1957 to 2006. The site also offers further detailed articles related to space exploration such as early space flight, moon exploration and the Hubble Space Telescope.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/space-exploration-timeline/


EPIC

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online provides information on space exploration including astronauts, the history of space travel and the benefits from space travel. A school log-on and password is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

Have you thought about using books with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

First Kids in Space, by Tristan Bancks, 2011 (fiction)
Max goes to Mars: a science adventure with Max the dog, by Jeffrey O. Bennett, 2006  (picture book)
Mousetronaut goes to Mars, by Mark Kelly, 2013  (picture book)

Video

Mars Exploration Rover 2003. Maas Digital.Youtube. 8:49
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_9BYSDtwRc#t=349

How to Get To Mars StardustTV. Youtube. 6:32
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRCIzZHpFtY