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Expanding Universe Search Tool

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This Canadian site offers a searchable "library" of information related to Astronomy. Several sub-indices are included. Useful site if searching for specific information on an event,...more
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This Canadian site offers a searchable "library" of information related to Astronomy. Several sub-indices are included. Useful site if searching for specific information on an event, technique, or definition of a term.

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Encyclopedia Astronautica

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For technical and historical information about space travel and technology, this site is probably without peer. There are hundreds of pages, images, and minutely detailed chronologies...more
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For technical and historical information about space travel and technology, this site is probably without peer. There are hundreds of pages, images, and minutely detailed chronologies of the people, programs, and equipment which have contributed to space travel in countries around the world. It's an outstanding research site, and a wealth of information.

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Auroras: Paintings in the Sky - The Exploratorium

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This web site shows and tells all about auroras, seen both from the earth and from space. A self-guided tour explains how and why they occur and includes sound clips ...more
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This web site shows and tells all about auroras, seen both from the earth and from space. A self-guided tour explains how and why they occur and includes sound clips from a NASA scientist. The pictures are excellent, text is well-written, and links to other aurora information are included. You can also post your own ideas here. Sound files are accessed with RealAudio, available in the TeachersFirst toolbox.

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A special section for teachers gives classroom suggestions and ideas for assignments based on this site. You can also post your own ideas here. Sound files are accessed with RealAudio, available in the TeachersFirst toolbox.

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AstroWeb

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This site offers a collection of astronomy-related resources. Includes a searchable database of resources to choose from including telescope data and imagery. ...more
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This site offers a collection of astronomy-related resources. Includes a searchable database of resources to choose from including telescope data and imagery.

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Spectra From Space - The Exploratorium

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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This well-designed site explains four different kinds of space telescopes, including the Hubble, then outlines hands-on activities to reinforce key...more
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Neil Fetter, The Exploratorium - This well-designed site explains four different kinds of space telescopes, including the Hubble, then outlines hands-on activities to reinforce key concepts. Photos of the activities help explain what to do. This site is a set of lessons in itself.

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Astronomy & Space Lessons - Univ. California Berkeley

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This collection from the Science Education Gateway at U.C. Berkeley includes lessons for elementary and middle school students that use the web to introduce concepts such as measuring...more
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This collection from the Science Education Gateway at U.C. Berkeley includes lessons for elementary and middle school students that use the web to introduce concepts such as measuring the temperature of the sun and tracking the orbits of satellites. As a group, they introduce serious science in an approachable manner. Students will need Internet access to use most of the lessons.

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The Space Day Page

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This site, created for the celebration of Space Day in May, 1999 contains a wealth of information on space and the history of space exploration. Use a Java-capable browser if ...more
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This site, created for the celebration of Space Day in May, 1999 contains a wealth of information on space and the history of space exploration. Use a Java-capable browser if you can! Your "space kids" will love this one.

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There are pictures, time-lines, and links to lesson plans and other teacher resources.

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The Satellite Site

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Here's a chance for your space students to build their own satellite, learn about different types of satellites, their orbits, and how they operate. Developed by M.I.T. with help from...more
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Here's a chance for your space students to build their own satellite, learn about different types of satellites, their orbits, and how they operate. Developed by M.I.T. with help from Lockheed Martin, the site includes a number of interactive Java applets that kids can use to test out their own skills. A Java-capable browser is a must.

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National Air and Space Museum - Smithsonian Institution

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This site allows students to visit current exhibits and perform research via the Internet. The "Collections and Research" section includes an area entitled " Center for Earth" and ...more
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This site allows students to visit current exhibits and perform research via the Internet. The "Collections and Research" section includes an area entitled " Center for Earth" and "Planetary Studies" with useful educational links for students to explore.

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NASA's SpaceLink - NASA

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This is NASA's "home page" for school-related information. There's almost too much here, and figuring out where to go next can be a problem. It's a good starting point, though, ...more
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This is NASA's "home page" for school-related information. There's almost too much here, and figuring out where to go next can be a problem. It's a good starting point, though, especially when used in conjunction with the other NASA resources on this page.

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Open this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and access the "e-clips." The clips are short video segments that would be an excellent supplement for any lesson on NASA related materials. After completing a lecture, show students a clip to re-enforce the message, and they will be sure to be more interested and see the theories in practical application!

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NASA Langley's Learning Technologies Project! - NASA

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This site includes interactive projects involving math and science. The common theme is aerospace. ...more
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This site includes interactive projects involving math and science. The common theme is aerospace.

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NASA for Kids

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This is NASA's starting point for kids interested in NASA activities. Introduced in June, 1999, it offers dozens of NASA web resources groups into logical categories. Given the hundreds...more
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This is NASA's starting point for kids interested in NASA activities. Introduced in June, 1999, it offers dozens of NASA web resources groups into logical categories. Given the hundreds of pages that NASA has on the web, this page should make it easier for students to find information they can use.

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Live From Mars - NASA

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This excellent site is part of the Mars Team Online, through NASA. It is an excellent learning resource for children. Email exchange as well as scheduled live chat session with ...more
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This excellent site is part of the Mars Team Online, through NASA. It is an excellent learning resource for children. Email exchange as well as scheduled live chat session with NASA experts are part of this site. Projects and a gallery to display student work is part of the Kids Corner. A highlight of the site is a video, Live From Mars.

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There is a teachers' "lounge" with curriculum supplements as well as a discussion center.

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The International Space Station - A Virtual Reality Tour - CNN

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CNN offers a virtual reality tour of the International Space Station. It's a great way to explore the station's various components and construction. You'll need a computer with a 166...more
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CNN offers a virtual reality tour of the International Space Station. It's a great way to explore the station's various components and construction. You'll need a computer with a 166 MHz processor or better, and the Cosmo player plug-in for your browser. Depending on the speed of your modem connection, the demo could take 3-5 minutes to load. It's worth the wait.

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The International Space Station - NASA

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This is NASA's ISS home page, containing basic information and links to a number of other resources on the construction and uses of the space station. ...more
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This is NASA's ISS home page, containing basic information and links to a number of other resources on the construction and uses of the space station.

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The International Space Station - City in Space - Discovery Channel

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Discovery Channel offers a collection of multi-medial and virtual reality demonstrations showing how the international space station will be assembled and function. The site includes...more
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Discovery Channel offers a collection of multi-medial and virtual reality demonstrations showing how the international space station will be assembled and function. The site includes explanations of the scientific and diplomatic objectives of the space station project.

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of space exploration. Allow students to access the site on individual computers or the interactive whiteboard to take a closer look at the virtual tours provided of the space station. This site would also be a good jumping point in discussing habitats and human needs. After students have looked at the site, put them in small groups to design their own "space station." Have them include and discuss things that they see as needs, wants, and other objects they couldn't live in space without.

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How Much Would You Weigh? - NASA

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This NASA site lets students calculate their weight on various planets and moons throughout the solar system. It includes visuals, a table showing gravitational forces on the various...more
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This NASA site lets students calculate their weight on various planets and moons throughout the solar system. It includes visuals, a table showing gravitational forces on the various planets, and instructions on how to work through the necessary math. Simple, entertaining way to visualize and understand variations in gravitational force.

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Eric's Treasure Trove of Astronomy

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This is a searchable database of scientific definitions related to the study of Astronomy. Available topics range from Physics to Music and Math. ...more
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This is a searchable database of scientific definitions related to the study of Astronomy. Available topics range from Physics to Music and Math.

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The Challenger Center for Space Exploration

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There are lots of resources at this site. We've marked the page that leads to downloadable classroom resources, most of which are Acrobat files created by NASA. The resources include...more
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There are lots of resources at this site. We've marked the page that leads to downloadable classroom resources, most of which are Acrobat files created by NASA. The resources include lessons on the solar system, the moon and planets, the space shuttle, and the international space station.

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Amazing Space

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The folks at NASA offer an on-line collection of Shockwave enhanced games and explanations about comets, galaxies, and space exploration. Younger students can browse the basic elements;...more
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The folks at NASA offer an on-line collection of Shockwave enhanced games and explanations about comets, galaxies, and space exploration. Younger students can browse the basic elements; older ones can dig more deeply into the explanations. Attractive images and movement make this an attractive starting point for an outer space discussion.

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