Fortunately there are many free on-line resources for junior
astronauts to enjoy including space themed colouring pages, educational games,
images from the Mars Rover 'Curiosity', interactive demonstrations of space
travel and awesome art and craft activities to make satellites and robots.
European Space Agency
have fun and educational resources covering the
story of the universe (incl. the sun, moons, planets, stars, galaxies,
comets and meteors), life in space, mission control and up to date news on missions and
progress. There are quizzes, downloadable screensavers, online colouring
pages of rockets, astronauts and the shuttle plus space themed games.
Free printable templates allow kids to build models of satellites
and even a Hipparcos globe showing constellations and stars. Plenty of
amazing earth images too.
|Now you can
Track Satellites and the Space Station
in real time (live) with the European Space Agency's spacecraft and
satellite tracker. Superimposed on Google maps, kids can choose which space vehicle or
satellite they're interested in (including the International Space
station (ISS) and Hubble Space Telescope) and then check it's current location in
orbit above the Earth and when it might be flying over their town or
city or be visible in the night sky. This is a brilliant free gadget that
fascinates both young children and older children and can bring a school space
project to life.
|The ESA's Spacecraft Tracker is brilliant
but you should know that it's based upon another original
real time satellite tracking
system which includes a host of other satellites and space equipment. Best of all
we love the 'What's Up' facility which instantly shows on a map what space vehicles,
satellites, etc., are in space above you right at this moment and lots of other data
like their speed and altitude (height). This is the free website for tracking
weather or TV satellites, the International Space Station, space missions and more.
|For teachers and pupils of all ages
NASA For Students
is a universe of news, film/video clips, animations, photographs, fun
and knowledge all about space travel and space exploration. Use the left hand menu bar
to choose the correct age group and then access
lesson plans, quizzes, printable colouring pages, interactive learning
tools and so much more. Black holes, space stations, secrets of the universe,
mars missions, stunning photographs of the earth from space, free games and much more
are all waiting to be discovered by junior astronauts.
|Explore our amazing
courtesy of NASA. Kids can take a free tour of it's history, the
planets, and the missions and technology that take man ever deeper into it's mysteries.
Interactive demonstrations include how ion engines work, solar system
simulator and multimedia galleries plus asteroids, comets, robots and future calendar
of missions. For some intergalactic arts and crafts try their free printable Adobe
PDF format card or paper templates to make model spacecraft and a cool balloon
powered model of a 'nano-rover' planet explorer.
Space Place for Kids
is a joint work between such organisations as National Aeronautics and
Space Administration and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of California.
Along with free stuff for kids like projects, animations and facts about
the planets, Earth and space travel technology there are also
educational space themed games covering English and maths.
Alternatively, get creative and follow some instructions to build your own moon base
ready for the next moon mission!
|The fun and colourful
NASA Kids' Club
is a noisy portal to free games and activities. With five difficulty
levels suitable for pre-school/nursery kids to older kids of around 10 or 11 years it's
great for home or the classroom.
International Space Station
is a partnership between the Space Agencies of the USA, Russia, Canada,
Japan and Europe. Manned since the year 2000 there will eventually be a crew of 6 who will
orbit the earth at 17,500 mph! Enjoy latest mission news, interactive 3D
photographs, videos and even live external video feeds from the ISS.
Learn all about supplies, life on board, training, technical specifications of
the station and much more.
|Project Apollo gave us the
1969 Moon Landing
which made Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong the first human beings to walk
on the moon. This site has comments from the astronauts, biographies and
amazing galleries of photographs such as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on the
moon carrying out experiments and pictures of the lunar module known as 'Eagle'.
Mars Exploration Program
and access separate resource areas for kids, students and teachers.
Children can learn about the science and technology supporting the Mars Rover known as 'Curiosity'
and the tests and investigations that 'Curiosity' will be carrying out as it trundles
around the red planet taking hi-res images. There are links to Cornell University too.