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NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection

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1994 Solar Eclipse
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This movie shows a total eclipse of the Sun which occurred in 1994. It is accompanied by a link to a written description of the Sun's physical characteristics.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Fred Espenak
Date Added:
11/05/2014
The ABC's of Distances
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This tutorial explains some of the techniques developed by astronomers to determine the distances of objects we see in the sky. Links to additional information are embedded in the text.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Ned Wright
Date Added:
11/05/2014
ACE Browse Data
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This site presents graphic plots of solar wind and magnetic field data from the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
California Institute of Technology, Space Radiation Laboratory, ACE Science Center
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) Mission Overview
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This site presents information about the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) spacecraft and its mission, science goals, history, and background. The mission summary includes a brief description of the energetic particles from the sun and from interstellar and galactic sources that are the objectives of the ACE mission. Links to additional information are also supplied.

Subject:
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Apollo 17 View of the Earth
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This lithograph provides a full-disk view of Earth photographed by Apollo 17 astronauts, Dec. 7, 1972. The accompanying text describes the view seen in the photograph and the circumstances in which it was taken. Suggestions for activities in which the photograph can be used are also provided.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Date Added:
01/01/1995
Asteroids: Eros, Gaspra, Ida, Vesta
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These views of asteroids were imaged at close range by the Galileo and Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft. They are presented at the same scale, and images of Mars' moons, Phobos and Deimos, and Ida's moon Dactyl are also shown. The accompanying text provides a description of the images, some historical facts and statistical data, along with significant dates in asteroid exploration.

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Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Basics of Space Flight
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This training module was designed to help the user identify and grasp basic concepts associated with space travel and deep space missions. Separate sections deal with topics such as the physical environment of space (solar system, gravity, orbital mechanics), flight projects (mission concepts, system requirements, design, onboard systems and instruments), and flight operations (launch, cruise, encounter). Links to related topics are embedded in the text.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Best of SOHO Images and Movies
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This collection of images, movies, and animations from NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) features a large selection of images of the sun and of solar phenomena. Although most of the imagery is of the sun, a few images of comets and planets as they transit the solar disk are available.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture
Reading
Simulation
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (COOL)
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This resource offers access to a variety of materials, including general information about COOL, a photo gallery, press releases, talks and papers, and research projects. There are links to archived and real-time ocean data (sea surface temperature, surface currents and waves, autonomous glider data), and an "underwater weather forecast".

Subject:
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Scott Glenn
Date Added:
05/25/2001
Comprehending Geologic Time
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You can use this calculator to create your own metaphor for geologic time. The history of the could be the the distance from your home to school - you can figure out where dinosaurs would be on the trip. Or the history of time could be the length of a class - and you could figure how much of the class you have to sit through before intelligence appears.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Athro, Limited
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Coordinated Data Analysis Web (CDAWeb)
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At this site, users can access and compare data from a large selection of spacecraft, instruments, and ground-based facilities. Most data is related to studies of solar wind, other particle emissions, and Earth's magnetic field.

Subject:
Technology
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Tami Kovalick
Date Added:
11/05/2014
Down the Drain: How Much Water Do You Use?
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This online collaborative project is part of the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) program, which has developed internet activities for the elementary, middle, and high school level student. Based on data collected by their household members and their classmates, students determine the average amount of water used by one person in a day. They compare this to the average amount of water used per person per day in other parts of the world. The project provides instructions, information, reference materials, online help, and a teacher area for help and ideas.

Subject:
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Interactive
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Mercedes McKay
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Earth
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This lithograph depicts a view of Earth taken from Apollo 10 during its journey to the Moon in May 1969. False-color satellite images showing chlorophyll concentration, sea surface temperature, topography, and ozone concentration are also featured. The images are accompanied by a brief description, some statistical facts, and a list of important dates in the history of Earth exploration.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Earth System Science in the Community
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EarthComm (Earth System Science in the Community) is an Earth science curriculum designed for use by all students in U.S. high schools. This website contains resources for teachers, students, and parents, as well as information on the goals and learning approaches EarthComm uses. In addition to the general resources offered, state-based resources are also available.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Student Guide
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
American Geological Institute
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Earth/Venus Rotation Movie
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This movie shows Venus and Earth as they rotate. The images are superimposed on each other so that differences in rotation speed and tilt of axes can be seen. Links to documents describing the physical properties and characteristics of the two planets are provided.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Calvin Hamilton
Date Added:
09/01/2005
Eastern Boundary Currents
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Materials presented here describe how new data from surveys, satellite imagery, and buoys have led to a revised view of the nature of the coastal upwelling that occurs seasonally off the coast of California. Includes references and links to related sites.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Teresa Chereskin
Date Added:
11/05/2014
El Nino - The Child Returns: The Spheres
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This webpage is part of NASA's Classroom of the Future program. It provides background information about how ocean temperatures, currents, and atmospheric conditions combine to produce an El Nino event. The site features text, scientific illustrations, a glossary, and links to other Classroom of the Future pages.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Chris Kreger
Date Added:
12/05/2000
El Nino - The Child Returns: What is El Nino?
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This site, part of NASA's Classroom of the Future program, describes how oceanic temperatures, currents, and atmospheric pressure patterns vary and, under certain conditions, produce an ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation) event. It features text, scientific illustrations, a glossary, teacher pages, and a list of references.

Subject:
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Chris Kreger
Date Added:
12/05/2000
El Nino and La Nina Resources on the Internet
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Users can select a variety of materials on El Nino/La Nina. Materials presented here include bibliographies, news articles, technical and research information, movies, animations, and cartoons.

Subject:
Mathematics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Center for Ocean-Atmosphere Prediction
Date Added:
11/05/2014
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
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This tutorial introduces students to the concepts of electromagnetic waves, wavelength, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Diagrams and written descriptions explain how wavelength is measured and explore the traditional divisions of the spectrum: radio, microwaves, infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays.

Subject:
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
NASA Earth and Space Science Education Collection
Author:
Locke Stuart
Date Added:
02/16/2011