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Return to Flight - STS 114 - NASA

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The launch of STS-114 marks the first space shuttle misson since the Columbia accident two years ago. This NASA site serves as home base for their multi-format coverage of the ...more
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The launch of STS-114 marks the first space shuttle misson since the Columbia accident two years ago. This NASA site serves as home base for their multi-format coverage of the launch and flight, and there are loads of links from this page to content for various ages and interests.

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Deep Impact Comet Mission - JPL/NASA

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This week, scientists at NASA managed to successfully crash a satellite into a passing comet. The result of the impact generated huge amounts of data about the content in the ...more
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This week, scientists at NASA managed to successfully crash a satellite into a passing comet. The result of the impact generated huge amounts of data about the content in the comet, much of which may have been around since the dawn of the universe. This site shows the images and describes the mission in detail.

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Teachers should pay particular attention to the education section of this site, which contains a nice collection of ready-to-go lesson units.

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Fact Challenge - AAAS

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This elegantly designed interactive quiz tests student knowledge of the planet Mercury. Students must move their mouse across the virtual sky to reveal questions hidden among clusters...more
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This elegantly designed interactive quiz tests student knowledge of the planet Mercury. Students must move their mouse across the virtual sky to reveal questions hidden among clusters of stars. Feedback and additional facts are provided for each response.

tag(s): planets (126), solar system (123), stars (66)

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Astronomy Workshop - University of Maryland

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Supplement an astronomy unit with the clever tools provided on this site. Students can take advantage of a variety of solar system calculations, watch animations of solar objects' orbits...more
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Supplement an astronomy unit with the clever tools provided on this site. Students can take advantage of a variety of solar system calculations, watch animations of solar objects' orbits and simulations of the seasons, create a virtual solar system model, and much more.

tag(s): moon (75), planets (126), solar system (123)

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Hubble Turns Fifteen - HST

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With the 15th anniversary of the hubble space telescope scientists have released a new set of stunning images of stars, galaxies, and other space objects taken with the remarkable space...more
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With the 15th anniversary of the hubble space telescope scientists have released a new set of stunning images of stars, galaxies, and other space objects taken with the remarkable space telescope. These are some of the richer digital treasures on the web.

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Saturn: Jewel of the Solar System - Exploratorium

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Discover the latest details about the Cassini-Huygens' mission to Saturn on this impressive site that includes a concise description of the spacecraft, recent news updates, and Web...more
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Discover the latest details about the Cassini-Huygens' mission to Saturn on this impressive site that includes a concise description of the spacecraft, recent news updates, and Web casts of some of the mission's exciting findings. Be sure to view the interactive tutorial on Saturn's rings and moons.

tag(s): moon (75), planets (126), solar system (123)

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Still Roving - Discovery.com

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Read the latest news from Mars, take a panoramic peek at the red planet, and look at some amazing 3-D images of the Martian landscape (but you must provide the ...more
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Read the latest news from Mars, take a panoramic peek at the red planet, and look at some amazing 3-D images of the Martian landscape (but you must provide the 3-D glasses). This nicely structured site by the Discovery Channel is loaded with things to explore and read about. Check out the FAQs and related NASA links for more in-depth information about space explorations.

tag(s): nasa (39), planets (126), solar system (123), space (214)

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Windows to the Universe - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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There is SO much to see and do on this site! Click on one of three main topics (Our Planet, Our Solar System, or Astronomy and the Universe), choose one ...more
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There is SO much to see and do on this site! Click on one of three main topics (Our Planet, Our Solar System, or Astronomy and the Universe), choose one of three levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), and begin to browse through the rich collection of text, images, movies, animation, and more. Check out the array of interactive games, participate in a group on-line journal, or read some of the latest earth and space news. This is an excellent resource for earth and space science teachers and students. Also available in Spanish.

tag(s): animation (65), images (275), planets (126), solar system (123)

In the Classroom

This is a safe, easy-to-understand resource for independent student research. Design a simple Web hunt to create a differentiated activity for multi-ability classes.

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2004: NASA's Year in Review - NASA

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It begins with an introductory video and leads visitors through an interactive journey highlighting the exciting accomplishments of NASA during 2004. Features include a review of work...more
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It begins with an introductory video and leads visitors through an interactive journey highlighting the exciting accomplishments of NASA during 2004. Features include a review of work done by the Mars rovers, the Cassini-Huygens journey to Saturn, missions to the International Space Station, and NASA's vision for future explorations of the moon, Mars, and beyond. Outstanding video throughout! Headphones necessary.

tag(s): mars (42), space (214)

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AstroMeeting

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This site contains some breathtaking amateur photographs of outer space including planetary nebulae, supernova remnants, comets, constellations, and much more. Use the navigation links...more
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This site contains some breathtaking amateur photographs of outer space including planetary nebulae, supernova remnants, comets, constellations, and much more. Use the navigation links at the left to access the photos. Each thumbnail image can be enlarged with the click of the mouse. Text is minimal, so you must provide the explanations and background. Project these images in class for a dramatic addition to an astronomy lesson.

tag(s): planets (126), stars (66)

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Cassini Saturn Mission - Titan Landing - NASA

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which has been observing Saturn, is scheduled to land on Saturn's moon, Titan, on Friday, January 14. This NASA site will provide complete coverage, including...more
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NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which has been observing Saturn, is scheduled to land on Saturn's moon, Titan, on Friday, January 14. This NASA site will provide complete coverage, including images, of this space exploration milestone.

tag(s): moon (75), nasa (39), planets (126), solar system (123), space (214)

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Space Weather - NASA

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Find out what's up in space with this galactic twist on the Weather Channel. Find the latest information on solar winds, interplanetary magnetic fields, solar flares and sunspots, asteroids,...more
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Find out what's up in space with this galactic twist on the Weather Channel. Find the latest information on solar winds, interplanetary magnetic fields, solar flares and sunspots, asteroids, and more. You can even sign up to receive Space Weather Alerts - phone calls and simultaneous emails that let you know about space weather events. Includes user-friendly text and impressive photographs.

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Solar System Simulator - NASA

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Get out of that geocentric mode and see what the universe looks like from another vantage point! Select a planet or moon to view, and then select the viewing location. ...more
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Get out of that geocentric mode and see what the universe looks like from another vantage point! Select a planet or moon to view, and then select the viewing location. You can even choose a specific date and time.

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Lunar Eclipse - NASA

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Here's an autumn story coupled with information about the Lunar eclipse on 27 October, 2004. Students can learn a bit of astronomy while hearing stories about the "Blood Moon" and ...more
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Here's an autumn story coupled with information about the Lunar eclipse on 27 October, 2004. Students can learn a bit of astronomy while hearing stories about the "Blood Moon" and other colorful moon stories.

tag(s): moon (75)

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Genesis: Search for Origins - NASA

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Despite its untimely crash to earth, the Genesis spaceship still managed to bring back tiny samplings of raw material from the sun for eager scientists to analyze. This site provides...more
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Despite its untimely crash to earth, the Genesis spaceship still managed to bring back tiny samplings of raw material from the sun for eager scientists to analyze. This site provides an overview of the entire mission, video clips, photographs, and descriptions of the processes scientists are using to investigate the Genesis canister and its contents. Younger students will enjoy the interactive games and activities related to the mission and follow-up investigation by NASA. Be sure to check out the Creator's Kitchen for teacher resources and suggestions.

tag(s): nasa (39), solar system (123), space (214), sun (73)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities hosted on this site! Use the simulations to teach students about space, space travel, even elements. Great for science teachers of almost all grades!
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Origins - NOVA

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This creative awe-inspiring site examines Earth's life history and offers interactive modules, slide shows, and articles that take visitors back to the beginning of everything. Visitors...more
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This creative awe-inspiring site examines Earth's life history and offers interactive modules, slide shows, and articles that take visitors back to the beginning of everything. Visitors can decide for themselves if life exists on other planets, explore the role played by galaxies, and the most recent scientific discoveries of life's origins. Your students will be amazed as they analyze the fingerprints of a star, see how the Eagle Nebula was assembled from raw Hubble Telescope data, or check our where in the world scientist are finding their greatest discoveries in origins research. Stay tuned for a soon-to-be-developed teacher's guide.

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Interactive Astronomy Pages

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This website provides short and sweet information that can come in handy during an astronomy lesson. "What's a blue moon?" "How many eclipses will occur this year?" "How do ...more
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This website provides short and sweet information that can come in handy during an astronomy lesson. "What's a blue moon?" "How many eclipses will occur this year?" "How do you figure out your longitude or latitude?" - are just a few of the questions that can be quickly addressed with a click of the mouse.

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The Moon

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Introduce the concepts of earthshine, waning moons, blue moons, lunar eclipses, and full moons using these amazing telescopic photos. A time-lapse movie shows lunar changes over a 3...more
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Introduce the concepts of earthshine, waning moons, blue moons, lunar eclipses, and full moons using these amazing telescopic photos. A time-lapse movie shows lunar changes over a 3 1/2 week period, and just for fun, the site provides illustrations of a few popular "moon illusions" including the Man in the Moon, the Lady in the Moon, and more.

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Apollo 11 - 35 Years Later - NASA

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It's July 20, 1969 and millions of Americans are glued to their television watching Neil Armstrong take that first historic step on the surface of the moon. This multimedia NASA ...more
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It's July 20, 1969 and millions of Americans are glued to their television watching Neil Armstrong take that first historic step on the surface of the moon. This multimedia NASA site recreates that Apollo 11 mission, from its launch to its splashdown. Students can view vintage photographs, listen to the mission's audio recording, browse news articles, and tour the video gallery.

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Use the video clips over the interactive whiteboard to supplement the text in discussing the Apollo missions. The clip of the first landing would be a great way to introduce the topic, putting all students at the same level of understanding before beginning a lecture or class discussion. Great resource for a US history classroom!
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Visionlearning

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Complete a free online registration and begin to explore an impressive collection of learning modules that address chemistry, general science, physics, astronomy, and earth science....more
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Complete a free online registration and begin to explore an impressive collection of learning modules that address chemistry, general science, physics, astronomy, and earth science. Each module contains interactive animations, a glossary, related current events, practice exercises, and biographic information about scientists who worked with that particular concept. Registered users can personalize each module with comments, links, or notes. The free "MyClassroom" option allows teachers to post syllabi, and announcements, or store lesson plans.

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