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Kids' Corner

Our Solar System

Solar Science

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  • Web space for Kids and Non-scientists: This site has been developed by the Solar and Heliospheric Research Group (SHRG) at the University of Michigan's Space Physics Research Laboratory. This site includes information about the SHRG, the Sun, recent solar events, and a "fun page" featuring comets. The content is appropriate for both children and adults, and may be modified for greater or less detail.

Planetary Science

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  • KidSat: KidSat is planned and operated by students who want to explore Earth from space. Through the Internet, students are involved in planning observations and using images from Shuttle-based cameras to study Earth's dynamic, fragile environment.

  • Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR): The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) is a satellite instrument designed to measure sunlight reflected by the Earth into space, measurments that will contribute to studies of the planet's ecology and climate. This page contains articles, tutorials, fact sheets, and other items of a general education nature, related to the science of MISR.

  • Sea Winds Education and Outreach: By tracking the wind speed and direction over Earth's oceans, scatterometry helps weather forecasters, storm detectors, ship routers, oil producers, and food producers. The Scatterometer Program Office is committed to meeting the increasing requests for educational resources about NASA's Space and Earth Science activities. Online products include multidisciplinary curricula on Global Climate, in conjunction with "behind-the-scenes" news and stories from the SeaWinds projects.

  • Southern California Global Positioning System Network: Space technology is used to observe and measure tectonic motion of the Earth's surface. This educational module was designed to allow students to interactively explore the uses of the Southern California Global Positioning System (GPS) and its data in earthquake studies. It is divided into four major sections: Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, GPS, and Space Technology at Work.
  • TOPEX/Poseidon Educational Outreach: from the folks who brought you space images of El Niño, here is information on oceans, climate, and satellite altimetry resources for kids, teachers, and the general public.

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  • Galileo Education: The materials gathered in these pages are aimed at K-12 teachers and students for NASA's mission to study Jupiter and its moons.

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  • Outer Planets/Solar Probe Educational Outreach: Pluto Express can truly inspire our young people and serve as a model for achieving success as a nation and individuals. Experience with educational and public outreach activities indicate that interest in exploring Pluto, in a sense our "gateway to the stars," is high. The excitement of the technical challenges as well as the uniqueness of the endeavor provide fertile ground to engage students, teachers and the public as active participants during all phases of the mission including development, cruise, encounter, and data anlaysis.

Other Cool Sites

Glossary: includes some common and not-so-common terms used throughout NASA.

Fun and Games: have fun while learning about our universe!

Space Day 2001: mark your calendars and spread the word!

U.S. Space Camp: find out how you can join in the fun at one of the camps near you!

Stay tuned for more to come!


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