(Created on 15/03/2016)





  • The first 'alien' comet up close: NASA reveals historic visitor from another solar system is shaped like a CIGAR - with a video
    - 20 November 2017
    "The asteroid, named 'Oumuamua by its discoverers, is up to one-quarter mile (400 meters) long and highly-elongated - perhaps 10 times as long as it is wide."


  • Scientists Strike Gold With Cosmic Crash - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos + Quiz - 22 October 2017
    "When two stars crashed into each other in far away in space, it helped astronomers learn some secrets about the universe.
    Like where gold comes from and how some gamma rays are created. This amazing and important discovery will help scientists better understand our universe."


  • New Lego Set Honors 'Women of NASA' - 18 October 2017
    "Toy company Lego announced Wednesday that it is releasing a “Women of NASA” action figure set.
    It is inspired by a Lego fan who works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology."




  • Nine-Year-Old Applies for NASA Job - Text + Audio + Pictures - 7 August 2017
    "NASA recently listed a job that got a lot of attention. One very young boy applied."

  • NASA Welcomes New Class of Astronauts - Text + Audio + Picture - 8 June 2017
    "Seven men and five women were selected from more than 18,000 astronaut applicants."

  • World's Oldest Spacewoman Sets Spacewalking Record - Text + Audio - 30 March 2017
    "American Astronaut Peggy Whitson set the world record on Thursday for most spacewalks ever made by a woman.
    She set the record while floating out of the International Space Station to set up a new parking spot for commercial crew capsules.
    SpaceX and Boeing are building the capsules."

  • India Launches 104 Satellites Into Orbit - Text + Audio - 18 February 2017
    "An Indian rocket launched into space Wednesday morning carrying a record 104 satellites.
    Observers say this launch may bring more recognition to India for its space program, and more customers with satellites to launch."


    India launches record 104 satellites in single mission - with a video - 15 February 2017
    "India has created history by successfully launching 104 satellites on a single mission, overtaking the previous record of 37 satellites launched by Russia in 2014.



  • Australia's supersonic plane for a new space race - 17 November 2016
    "It’s been a long time since Australia was a player in space exploration.
    One man wants to change that – with the help of a plane that travels five times the speed of sound."


    Once the scramjet has launched the satellite
    it can return to Earth for a runway landing.




  • Rocketing prices: The investors - 11 August 2015
    "The number of commercial space firms is growing – giving investors an opportunity to shape a brand new industry, writes Sarah Cruddas...
    In recent years, however, companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic have begun to commercialise space exploration – to the tune of $13bn (£8.3bn) over the past decade..."
  • Trouble in orbit: the growing problem of space junk - 5 August 2015
    "In 2014, the International Space Station had to move three times to avoid lethal chunks of space debris.
    The problem also threatens crucial and costly satellites in orbit. So what is the scale of the space junk problem, and what can we do about it?"

  • Great robotic missions to explore space - 30 July 2015
    "The world watched in awe as the New Horizons spacecraft sent back the first detailed pictures of Pluto.
    And this week, scientists published results from the Philae lander which touched down on a comet last year.
    Such missions not only add to our scientific knowledge, they cause cultural shifts that expand our perception of ourselves and our place in the Universe. Here are five other robotic space missions that have also had that effect."

  • The 12 missions of Christmas - 17 December 2014
    "Many of us spend Christmas far from friends and family, but Richard Hollingham spares a thought for those farthest flung of all
    – our spacecraft exploring the Solar System and beyond."


  • The effects of space travel on the human body - 6 May 2014
    "Many people dream of travelling into orbit, to the Moon or even beyond. However those who experience the reality of spaceflight
    face a succession of potential health problems, says Richard Hollingham."




  • Space junk: Why it is time to clean up the skies - with a slideshow - 18 May 2012
    "Debris piling up around Earth that could seriously damage spacecraft and satellites has reached a tipping point. So how are we going to get rid of it?"





  • Virgin unveils spaceship designs - 24 January 2008
    "Virgin Galactic has released the final design of the launch system that will take fare-paying passengers into space."

    - with an Animation of the Virgin Galactic spaceliner in flight




  • Alien Earths - interactive
    " It explores the formation of stars and planets and includes interactive games, slide shows and more...
    Students can build a "perfect" solar system, learn about the life cycles of stars and how astronomers use the light of stars to search for Earth size planets, create a community of microorganisms, or use the Drake Equation interactive to make their own estimate of how many planets out there support life."

    (Education World)


  • The Animated Virtual Planetarium
    Spatial Relations / Orbital Dynamics / Historical Solar Systems

  • Space travel - with AUDIO
    We explore "space travel with the help of a former NASA astronaut.
    We look at some of the language used when talking about space."



  • ESA - European Space Agency - with an animation on the history of European space science!
    and activities, quizzes, games...


  • HUBBLESITE - News / Gallery / Discoveries / Sci-Tech / Fun / Reference


  • Space Teaching Theme :
    Resource Materials - Sites For Background Information - Downloads - Hands On Activities -
    Web Quests - Interactive Sites For Students - Worksheets - Lesson Plans...




  • Windows to the Universe: Our planet - Our solar system - Astronomy and the Universe - History and People...

  • ESA Kids (European Space Agency):
    Our Universe - Life in Space - Liftoff - Useful Space - Earth - News - Fun - Quizzes

  • Starchild is A Learning Center for Young Astronomers -
    "The StarChild site is a service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC),
    Dr. Nicholas E. White (Director), within the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics (LHEA) at NASA/ GSFC."
    - with interactive activities


  • The Nine Planets - A Multimedia Tour of the Solar System -
    "an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system.
    Each page has text and images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information."





  • Earth - text + symbols


  • NasaKids - "Learn about NASA's activities and science" - with interactive tools