(Created on 15/03/2016)



  • SPACEX MAKES HISTORY - with a video - 23 December 2018
    "A SpaceX rocket carrying a U.S. military navigation satellite blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral, marking the space company’s first national security space mission for the United States."

  • US Spacecraft Reaches Bennu Asteroid - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 4 December 2018
    "An American spacecraft this week successfully reached its target, the asteroid Bennu.
    The spacecraft OSIRIS-REx is now operating around the asteroid, about 122 million kilometers from Earth."


    "This illustration provided by NASA shows the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the asteroid Bennu."

    "On Dec. 3, 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at its target, near-Earth asteroid Bennu.
    Here, the team explains mission goals and the process of approach and rendezvous.
    OSIRIS-REx will study Bennu for two years before collecting a sample to return to Earth."

  • CIMON, the ISS Robot - 1 December 2018
    "The crew members of the International Space Station have a new friend- a robot, delivered this past summer.
    CIMON is a small, 3D-printed robot that resembles a cross between Wilson the volleyball from Castaway and HAL 9000 from 2001:
    A Space Odyssey
    . It moves by the action of two internal fans, and communicates by artificial intelligence."

    ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst welcomed a new face to the Columbus laboratory, thanks to the successful commissioning of technology demonstration Cimon.
    Short for Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN, Cimon is a 3D-printed plastic sphere designed to test human-machine interaction in space.


  • 60 Years of NASA's Deep Space Missions in One Gorgeous Chart - 5 October 2018
    View the full graphic over at TIME

  • Japan Deploys Jumping Robots on Distant Asteroid - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz - 30 September 2018
    "Two small robots dropped on the surface of a distant asteroid last week sent back pictures and temperature measurements back to Earth.
    Japan’s space agency hopes this information, along with rock samples, may provide a window to the beginning of our solar system."


  • Hunt for aliens boosted by discovery of hundreds of 'water worlds' - 17 August 2018
    "The chances of finding alien organisms have been boosted by the discovery of hundreds of “water worlds” capable of supporting life."


  • The billionaire rocketmen: Branson, Musk and Bezos in the race for space - but who will get there first? - 24 July 2018


  • Scientists Observe Birth of Huge Galaxy Cluster - Text + Audio + Quiz - 6 May 2018
    "Observations of a huge group of galaxies slowly crashing together could change what scientists had believed about the early history of our universe."

  • 'First luxury hotel in space' set to welcome guests by 2022 (reservations now open) - 10 April 2018
    "For $80,000 (£56,500) apiece, would-be astronauts can get onto the waiting list for the Aurora Station,
    a modular space station currently being developed by Houston-based company Orion Span."



  • Researchers: Many Black Holes in Center of Milky Way Galaxy - Text + Audio - 10 April 2018
    "Astronomers say the center of our galaxy has plenty of strange, super gravity objects."


  • NASA's Juno Spacecraft Shows the Makeup of Jupiter - Text + Audio + Pictures - 4 April 2018
    "At the center of the planet is a liquid mixture of the elements hydrogen and helium.
    Scientists say large atmospheric jet streams and unusual gravitational qualities also exist."


  • Nasa draws up plans for huge spacecraft to blow up doomsday asteroid - with pictures and a video - 15 March 2018
    Nasa has drawn up plans for a huge nuclear spacecraft capable of shunting or blowing up an asteroid if it was on course to wipe out life on Earth."

  • Meet CIMON, a ‘Floating’ Space Assistant for Astronauts - Text + Audio + Pictures + Video + Quiz - 7 March 2018
    "Researchers have developed the first AI assistant for use in space. It will be deployed to the International Space Station during a planned mission in June."


    CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN) is a mobile and autonomous assistance system
    designed to aid astronauts with everyday tasks on the ISS.
    This will be the first form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on an ISS mission. (Airbus)



  • 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