Celebrate the wonders of our universe on May 7th for National Space Day!
From Galileo’s early studies in astronomy, to the Cold War-era space race and humankind’s first steps on the moon, people throughout the ages have looked to the stars with curiosity and a sense of adventure.
Did you know that space travel and discovery also means using math, science, technology, and engineering in every step of the way? From designing spacesuits, rovers and rockets, to computing flight plans and analyzing data, we rely on scientific experts here on Earth. And don’t forget about studying the human body to see just how we react to weightlessness – or how to get all your nutrients from freeze dried ice cream and Tang!
This National Space Day, share in the excitement of space exploration from the comfort of your own home and let your curiosity blast off as you explore the resources and activities below. Learn about scientific discoveries within our solar system and watch astronauts navigate daily life aboard the International Space Station!
Grades 6-12 In this video from NOVA’s Sun Lab, explore how scientific understanding of the Sun and space weather has improved with data from three solar space telescopes: SOHO, STEREO, and SDO. Solar telescopes capture detailed images and information that scientists use to study both the interior and atmosphere of the Sun.
Is There Life in Space?
Grades 9-12 Discover how scientists find planets and other astronomical bodies, compare zones of habitability, and determine water possibility around different star types. Finally, explore how scientists use spectroscopy to learn about atmospheres on distant planets.
Grades PreK-5 Throughout history, the moon has inspired myths and legends, cultural and family traditions, movies, art, architecture, books, and poetry. Check out this list of books for a fascinating look at the magnificence of the Earth’s moon!
Stargazing and Other Astronomy Activities
Grades PreK-5 Space is a fascinating and sometimes confusing topic for kids. Stargazing provides a great opportunity to start exploring the cosmos! Take your child’s curiosity further with a few simple ways to learn about the wonders of astronomy together.
Observe a Total Lunar Eclipse
Grades 6-8 Experience what it is like to see a total lunar eclipse with these videos and a slideshow. Use this resource to make observations and to describe the relative positions of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth during a lunar eclipse.
Map a Model Solar System
Grades 6-8 Customizea scale model of the solar system on a mapwith this interactive. Set the center of the solar system at any location in the United States, pick a scale based on the size of the Sun or Earth, and then see the relative locations of planetary orbits on the map.