Oh, the Places (We’ll) Go
Out of This World
If you’ve ever looked out into the vast night sky, chances are, you were impressed. The moon, the Milky Way, meteors, and so much more give us a nightly light show that can rival any holiday attraction. But with so much fascination, we’re also left with so much wonder. Are we really made from stardust? Is the moon really made of cheese? All right, there's only one way to find, and that’s by joining us on Space Shuttle Kinda in 5...4...3...2...1... Lift off!
what you’ll need
Besides the device you're viewing this on, something to write with, and something to write on, you will need...
- A ruler
- White paper
- Black construction paper
- A few drinking straws
- Ribbon or yarn (optional)
- 2 pieces of corrugated cardboard (5-in. square)
- 2 round candies (hard ones with a hole in the middle, like Lifesavers)
- 1 round pencil (sharpened)
- 2 rubber bands
Ask About Today
Which planet would you most want to visit and why? What do you predict you’d see there?
Skip the Ads
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Tour the Space Shuttle
Before we launch, we have to get familiar with our space shuttle, and it just so happens to be the shuttle that delivered one of the world’s most famous telescopes—the Hubble Space Telescope. Major General Charlie Bolden and Dr. Kathy Sullivan, who were onboard for the special delivery to outer space, are ready to show us around. Use your mouse to explore and get a 360-view of the shuttle.
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It’s not rocket science? Maybe it is, actually. There’s a real science (hint: it’s physics) behind launching a rocket into the unknown. Take a look at this infographic that explains how a rocket works.
Views from the Hubble
Now that we’ve taken off, take a look at these images that Hubble has captured over the years. Click on pictures that interest you to learn more. Get familiar with these because we should see a few of them right from our own shuttle!
Simple tasks can be a bit more challenging on board a space shuttle. Check out these five space experiments, from washing your hands (not so simple) to adding dye to a floating ball of water (really not so simple!).
Roving Over Mars
Without the help of rovers, we wouldn’t be able to know as much as we do about life and conditions on other planets. Check out the curious life of a Mars rover in action.
Landing and walking on the moon was an amazing accomplishment for human beings. So much so that we have never returned since our first landings in 1969. But recently, astronauts have been testing the theory that someday, humans will be able to live on the moon and other areas of outer space. Do you believe it?
For younger explorers
Dr. Binocs’ Rocket Science
Learning how a rocket flies isn’t rocket science—or is it? Watch Dr. Binocs as he explains how they work.
For younger explorers
Stories From Space
See which words you can read along with as you listen to real-life astronaut Serena read If I Were an Astronaut aloud from her space shuttle! (For real. This is so cool.)
Rocket Launching 101
Make your own rocket to launch—or a whole set of them! Decorate them with markers, and see how high they can fly! You can also launch them horizontally across a table. Take note of how far they go!
We’re in space, but now what?! We need a space rover so that we can land on hard surfaces like the moon and other planets. Follow the instructions or watch the video to make your own so we can answer some of the space’s many mysteries.
For younger explorers
Follow along with Austin and his dad as they demonstrate how to draw your very own rocket.
Space Workout I
Before their missions, astronauts undergo intense training to ensure that they can survive in the treacherous conditions of space. Their space suits are heavy and it’s hard to stay grounded without gravity, so endurance and muscle strength are important. So get ready to train like an astronaut!
Space Workout II
You didn't think you were done, did you? Here's another set of astronaut exercises.