Space Exploration

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The Basics of Spaceflight

A NASA online textbook designed for those working in mission operations but accessible to teachers and students at the high school and college levels.

National Archives Space Exploration page

Information about the United States’ space flight programs, including NASA missions and the astronauts who participate in the efforts to explore Earth’s galaxy.  
NASA Missions A-Z    

Timeline of Space Exploration

 

Wikipedia’s chronology of events leading to space exploration and the missions that followed, listed by date and country.  

Ten Significant Events in Early 21st Century Space Exploration

 

Described by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in conjunction with some of their recent acquisitions.  

Space Exploration History, Milestones, Applications and Debates

 

The Encyclopedia Britannica’s comprehensive and up-to-date article on the subject of space exploration.  

The International Space Station

 

International cooperation and the International Space Station (ISS)  

Hubblesite

 

Images, videos, news and blog posts from one of the largest, most versatile space telescopes.  

Exploring the Planets

 

Information about the planets from the National Air and Space Museum.  

Apollo 11 Videos and Podcasts

 


Videos and podcasts commemorating the first human steps on the moon from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  

Experiments in Space

NASA alphabetical list

NASA browse experiments by category

 
 

Ethical Considerations in Space Exploration

An article from a research group at the University of St. Andrews in Edinburgh, Scotland

 

COSPAR planetary protection policy, an explanation,  and recent recommendations for review

 

What’s the difference between…

An astronaut and a cosmonaut?

 

Astronomy and astrophysics?

 
 

So you want to be an astronaut?

Astronaut requirements and training

 

Article about the prospects of astronaut employment after the suspension of the space shuttle program.

 
 

Implications of the Privatization of Space Exploration

 
An article from the Wharton Public Policy Initiative on the emergence of companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic.  
     

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