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Science 9 Open School BC
 
Module 4: Space Science: A Journey through Space
 

Module 4: Space Science: A Journey through Space

Section 1 The Universe and the Solar System


Assignment – Historical Perspectives

Space Today Online
http://www.spacetoday.org/
Site includes current news events as well as lots of background information on all topics related to space and astronomy. There is information about the history of space exploration, as well as information about specific “Spacefaring Nations.”

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/
This site is generally about the history of mathematics, but there is a lot of overlap throughout history of mathematics and astronomy

Assignment – Travel Guide to the Solar System

Hubblesite
http://hubblesite.org/
LOTS of information and great pictures about the Hubble.

Amazing Space
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/
Educational resources for students and for teachers, based on the Hubble Space Telescope’s great discoveries.

Space Today Online
http://www.spacetoday.org/
Current news events as well as lots of background information on all topics related to space and astronomy. There is information about the history of space exploration, as well as information about specific “Spacefaring Nations.”

Mirlin Star/Planet Formation
http://cougar.jpl.nasa.gov/HR4796/anim.html
Graphics and a simple explanation of how a solar system is born. Includes a quick time animation.


4.1A Dissecting the Universe

The Science Creative Quarterly (Issue 2): Formerly Known as Pluto by David Martin
http://www.scq.ubc.ca/?p=584
An article about the demotion of Pluto with a twist of humour.

Amazing Space
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/
This site contains educational resources for students and for teachers, based on the Hubble Space Telescope’s great discoveries.

National Geographic News
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/
This site contains National Geographic news articles and pictures. Covers a wide variety of topics, including space and astronomy.

Space Today Online
http://www.spacetoday.org/
This site contains current news events as well as lots of background information on all topics related to space and astronomy. There is information about the history of space exploration, as well as information about specific “Spacefaring Nations.”


4.1B Stars, Stars, Stars

Astronomy for Kids
http://www.kidsastronomy.com/
http://www.kidsastronomy.com/stars.htm
This site allows the kids to explore the universe and do various lessons at a level of their choosing. The second URL is specifically on stars. The material is easy to read and fun to look at, as it has actual pictures. It also has games to play to enhance learning.

Genesis Search for Origins
http://www.genesismission.org/educate/diffangle/exploring/index.html
Listen to audio stories by clicking to the left of the section on “Exploring Origins”. You need an audio player such as RealPlayer to play the clips.

 

4.1C Views of the Universe

Sky Stories
http://www.virtualmuseum.ca/Exhibitions/Cosmos/english/rover/
Sky stories from various cultures.

NASA
http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html
Comprehensive information about specific eclipses.

 

4.1E The Sun's Energy

SpaceWeather.com
http://www.spaceweather.com/
A site dedicated to “news and information about the Sun-Earth environment.” Includes current space weather conditions, explanations of space weather phenomena, and news items.

NASA’s Imagine the Universe – The Sun
http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/science/know_l1/sun.html
This site contains basic information about the Sun with links to explore more detailed information.

Space Today Online
http://www.spacetoday.org/
This site contains current news events as well as lots of background information on all topics related to space and astronomy. There is information about the history of space exploration, as well as information about specific “Spacefaring Nations.”

Amazing Space
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/
This site contains educational resources for students and for teachers, based on the Hubble Space Telescope’s great discoveries.

National Geographic
http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/data/2001/11/01/html/zm_20011101.3.3.html
This site contains Information about the Northern Lights.

Nordlys-Northern Lights
http://www.northern-lights.no/   
This site has pictures of the northern lights, including pictures taken from space.

 

Section 2 The Earth and the Moon


4.2A Motions of the Earth and the Moon

GEOSCIENCE Animations
http://esminfo.prenhall.com/science/geoanimations/animations/01_EarthSun_E2.html
Watch an animation of the Earth tilting and spinning.

The Moon’s Phases
http://www.sumanasinc.com/webcontent/anisamples/astronomy/moonphase.html
View an animation of the Moon at eight positions on its orbit.

NOVA: What causes the tides?
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/venice/tides.html
You will find here a really good animation and explanation of the forces involved in tidal activity on Earth. This site also provides answers to many questions about tidal activity.

 

4.2C The Moon

Nova Online: Explore the Moon
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tothemoon/explore.html
Panoramic views of the moon taken by Apollo astronauts. Also includes interesting stories and descriptions to go with the pictures.

 

4.2D Lunar and Solar Eclipses

NASA: Eclipse Home Page
http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/eclipse.html
Gives listings of past, present, and future eclipses, and where they are visible from.

Eclipse 99 (NASA)
http://eclipse99.ksc.nasa.gov/index.html
This site has background info and little known facts about eclipses, great pictures, and a very helpful FAQ section.

 

Section 3 Technology: Moving Space Exploration Forward


4.3A Space Technology

International Space Station
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html
Media and information about the NASA International Space Station

 

Section 4 Space Travel


4.4B Ethical Dilemmas in Space

NASA Spinoffs
http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/technologies/spinoffs_index.html
Find out what NASA space research has done lately to improve conditions on Earth.

 

4.4C Looking Beyond

NASA – In Space Propulsion Technologies
http://www.inspacepropulsion.com/
Information on the latest technologies NASA is developing around space exploration.

NASA: Where’s the Edge?
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2000/ast11apr_1m.htm
An article describing how NASA’s Advanced Space Transportation Program looks at ways to turn science fiction into reality. Includes links to relevant sites.

Space Travel Guide
http://library.thinkquest.org/03oct/02144/future/intro.htm
This whole site provides lots of information about space travel, and is easy to understand. At this particular URL you will find an introduction to many of new space technologies that are being developed, and links to more information about each.

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