Space Sciences Gateways and Resources

The Space Sciences Gateways and Resources collection is comprised of web portals, web sites, and individual digital resources in many areas pertinent to the study of space including astrochemistry, astrophysics, cosmology, the solar system, extrasolar planets, amateur astronomy, information about observatories and space exploration, and many other subjects. Here may be found educational materials for space science educators and learners (early childhood through graduate school), resources intended for the general public, and materials aimed at research communities devoted to the space sciences.

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American Association of Amateur Astronomers
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The American Association of Amateur Astronomers (AAAA) is intended to foster interest in amateur astronomy by developing and promoting programs for its membership and the amateur community at large in the areas of observational astronomy and electronic communications on the internet. The AAAA's web site features links to membership information, news releases, and announcements of astronomical events and organizational activities. Educational materials include a tutorial on the solar system, an introduction to the constellations, a history and introduction to astronomy, and a link to the Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies. There is also an FAQ feature, a link to the organization's newsletter, links to partner organizations, and information on products available at the AAAA online store.

Subject:
Space Science
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2014
Astronomy 161-The Solar System
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The Solar System online course is maintained by the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Tennessee. The twenty two chapters cover everything from time and scale in the universe, development of modern astronomy, the planets, asteroids, meteors, and everything in between. Text, photographs, illustrations, and movies, help users understand the topics along with a handy back and next link on each page to let you navigate through each chapter.

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Education
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Internet Scout Project
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Christian Cardall
Dr. Steve Daunt
Date Added:
12/02/2003
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, Swinburne University of Technology
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The web page of the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology of Melbourne, Australia provides links to news articles and information on research programs and educational programs for university students and the general public. There is also information on the Centre's education and outreach programs, including Swinburne Astronomy Online (SAO), which concentrates on fundamental concepts and key issues in contemporary astronomy for amateur astronomers, educators and communicators, people working in related fields, and the general public. Other materials include Cosmos, an online astronomy encyclopedia for general audiences; information on AstroTours, 3D virtual tours of astronomical objects and phenomena; and information on SpaceWorks, the Centre's commercial arm for combining projection and visualization technology with educational content.

Subject:
Technology
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Simulation
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2014
Eclipses of the Sun and Moon
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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This page provides access to downloadable eclipse visibility maps for solar and lunar eclipses from 2004 through 2009. The solar maps show locations of first and last contact, greatest eclipse, and times where the eclipse begins at various locations. The lunar maps feature a diagram showing the moon's path (with times) through the penumbra and umbra and areas of visibility at different stages of the eclipse. There is also a link to the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO) Eclipse Portal, which provides information on all solar and lunar elipses from 1501 through 2100, and links to the British Nautical Almanac Office and to the USNO Astronomical Almanac.

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Space Science
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Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2014
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
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The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) combines the resources and research facilities of the Harvard College Observatory and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to pursue studies of those basic physical processes that determine the nature and evolution of the university. The site provides information on the organization's research activities, grouped into six topic areas: the solar system; stars, planets, and origins; galaxies; cosmology; laboratory astrophysics; and extreme astrophysics. The education and outreach page includes links to professional development materials, curriculum materials, and information on informal education programs and education research projects. Other materials include an image gallery, an almanac on the current night sky, and information on four strategic science themes selected by CfA for concentration of expertise and investments: cosmology, galaxies, stars and planets, and extreme astrophysics.

Subject:
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Full Course
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2014
Imagine Mars
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The Imagine Mars Project is an arts, sciences, and technology education initiative in which students work with scientists, engineers, artists, and civic leaders to design and share a futuristic Mars community for 100 people. They will explore their home communities; decide what cultural, scientific, and artistic elements are important to a community's success; and study the Martian environment to imagine what living on Mars would be like. Teachers or project leaders can design their own projects or use the lesson plans and project ideas on the site. Students share their finished projects by posting them in an online gallery.

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Engineering
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Date Added:
11/07/2014
Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network
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Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGTN) features a comprehensive science research program and an innovative astronomy-education program featuring state-of-the-art instructional materials appropriate for students at all levels, from elementary school through postsecondary. LCOGTN operates two research-class robotic telescopes, the Faulkes Telescope North, located in Maui, Hawaii, and the Faulkes Telescope South, located in Australia at Siding Spring Observatory. These telescopes are available to teachers to use as part of their curricular or extracurricular activities, and are supported by a range of educational materials and a team of educators and professional astronomers. Additional telescopes in Mississippi, Texas, California, and the United Kingdom will further broaden the Network's scope. Real-time observation and still images available.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Las Cumbres Observatory
Date Added:
07/02/2007
Live from Earth and Mars
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This project, which ran from 1995 to 1997, provides educational materials that use real-time and archived data to explore atmospheric science and the environments of Earth and Mars. The teaching tools page features a series of modules that use data and concepts from meteorology and space science to teach about weather and air quality, the properties of Martian soils, Earth's water cycle, tools and equipment for working in space, and other topics. The Mars and Pathfinder pages provide an introduction to the Martian surface and atmosphere using data and findings from the Viking, Pathfinder, and Sojourner missions. The Earth page includes links to imagery and data on climate and weather. For teachers, there are also workshop materials and an archive of projects submitted by program participants.

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Unit of Study
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Geosciences Gateways and Resources
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/02/2014
Mars Exploration Rover Mission
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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This site provides images and updates on the two Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which landed on Mars in 2004. Videos and text depict the challenges of getting to Mars: testing the rovers on Martian terrain, launching the rovers, navigating their flights, bringing them into the Martian atmosphere, landing them, and getting them out of the lander cocoon.

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Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Reading
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
NASA
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Memphis Astronomical Society
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Web site for amateur astronomers offering free "Getting Started with Your New Telescope" article (PDF), monthly newsletter, weblog ("MemphisAstro"), and information for ordering inexpensive out-of-print amateur's guides to finding Messier objects. The Society is a public-service organization promoting interest and education in astronomy and holding monthly meetings and offering lectures and demonstrations to local (Memphis, Tennessee) members.

Subject:
Technology
Space Science
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
03/18/2007
NASA Human Spaceflight
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The NASA Human Spaceflight site provides information on all crewed NASA missions, especially the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Materials include realtime data and tracking information, updates for ongoing missions, press releases, videos and photos, and daily news and events from the various NASA centers. There is also information on historic crewed missions, and fact sheets on astronauts, shuttle missions, first flights, and scientific research facilities. Users may also subscribe to an e-mail service to receive status reports, news releases, and other current information.

Subject:
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2002
NASA Kids' Club
Conditions of Use:
Read the Fine Print
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This site features interactive games (for Grades K-4) on the solar system, rockets, addition, guess what number I'm thinking of, and NASA spinoffs (everyday items developed from NASA research). A teachers' area links to guides for teaching about clouds, precipitation, energy, winds, weather, planetary geology, flight, the Wright brothers, rockets, the electromagnetic spectrum, and careers.

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Engineering
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Game
Interactive
Provider:
NASA
NCAR Staff
NSDL Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Engineering and Technology Gateways and Resources
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
02/16/2011
NASA for Educators (Grades K-4)
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The NASA Education Division provides an extensive selection of online educational resources for younger students. The Featured Materials, Featured Sites, and "Have You Seen?" pages include lesson plans, activities, educators' guides, videos, and other resources that use NASA research or mission materials, as well as news articles, interactives, posters, and other items. There are also announcements of educational and professional development opportunities for students and educators, and links to other NASA educational projects.

Subject:
Technology
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2014
NASA's Mars Exploration Program
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This site provides information and resources on the NASA Mars Exploration Program, a science-driven program that seeks to understand whether Mars was, is, or can be a habitable world, as suggested by the presence or absence of liquid water. Site materials include overviews of current and past Mars missions and spacecraft, facts and a virtual tour of the planet using the NASA Mars Atlas, and a brief discussion of the perception of Mars in popular culture. For students, there are interactive features, games, and activities. For educators, there are professional development materials, classroom resources (activities and lessons), and information on four major education programs connected with Mars exploration. Other materials include news articles, multimedia presentations, recent images, and updates from current missions.

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2014
National Space Society
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The National Space Society (NSS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. The NSS web site features information about the organization, its mission and vision, membership information, and a listing of NSS local chapters. The library features links to videos, books, and other publications on space settlements and bases, space policy, and technology. There is also information on the organization's magazine, "Ad Astra," including instructions for authors, publishing and advertising guidelines, and some archived content. Other materials include news articles, event announcements, and information on current space missions.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
02/01/2005
Pancam
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The Pancam is a high-resolution, digital stereo camera carried by the Mars Exploration Rovers and used to take color photographs of the Martian surface and sky. Pancam images depict surface morphology, lithology, distribution, shape of nearby rocks, and local features such as fluvial terraces, depositional bars, and dunes. The cameras are also used to provide information on the mineralogy of materials, determine dust and aerosol opacity and composition (from sun and sky imagery), and to help plan routes and site visits for the rovers. The images offered at this site are organized by type (true color, 360-degree panoramas, false color, small panoramas and mosaics, and others) and are downloadable in two file formats. There are also links to Pancam and other image databases and metadata, imformation on the mission team, publications, and related web sites.

Subject:
Geoscience
Space Science
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2014
Photojournal: NASA's Image Access Home Page
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Photojournal is the interface to NASA's Planetary Image Archive (PIA), which features thousands of high-resolution images and other products generated by various Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) missions. The home page features an interactive illustration of the Solar System that provides access to images of the eight planets (plus Pluto), the Sun, and the universe. Images are accompanied by a title, mission and instrument data, date, image size, and links to download or view them in a choice of two file formats. There are also pages featuring images with specific themes: the latest images, animations, spacecraft and telescopes, and dwarf planets.

Subject:
Technology
Education
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Internet Scout Project
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Internet Scout Project
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Date Added:
12/02/2003
The Planetary Society
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This non-profit organization seeks to inspire the people of Earth through education, research, and public participation to explore other worlds and seek other life. Their website offers special sections on: taking political action in support of space exploration; the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI); near-earth objects, such as asteroids and comets; the Red Rover Goes to Mars (RRGTM) Project, which aims to connect students with Mars exploration; the Red Rover, Red Rover Project, where students build model Mars rovers out of LEGO kits; and much more. The Learning Center provides guides to the solar system and lunar and planetary missions, a student activities section, and a planetary art gallery.

Subject:
Technology
History, Law, Politics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
DLESE Community Collection
Date Added:
10/31/2014
Planetary Society: Explore for Kids
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Educational activities related to space exploration suitable for elementary to middle-school students, including an opportunity to remotely drive (via home computer) a robotic Mars rover made of LEGOs. Instructions provided for observing and photographing meteor showers, constructing model rockets and comets, demonstrating the distances between planets, and creating a simulated volcanic eruption.

Subject:
Space Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Date Added:
11/07/2014
Project Apollo Image Gallery
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This image gallery features photos taken throughout the history of NASA's Apollo program, the initiative to put humans on the moon. The collection is organized chronologically by mission and includes both on-board photos, training, spacecraft rollout, control room, launch, and many other images. It is also searchable by keyword.

Subject:
Technology
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
Space Sciences Gateways and Resources
Author:
Kipp Teague
Date Added:
11/07/2014