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Earth: Overview

Earth: Overview

Investigate the third planet from the sun with this in-depth look at Earth's size, surface, atmosphere and orbit — and the space missions that have shaped our understanding of home. More...

Article
NASA
Dynamic Earth: Earth’s Structure

Dynamic Earth: Earth’s Structure

Quake-generated seismic waves provided geologists a wealth of knowledge about Earth’s internal workings. Delve into a cross-section of Earth for details about its insides.
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Interactive
Annenberg Learner
Life of an Astronaut

Life of an Astronaut

Spacewalking is definitely cool, but it's also extremely mentally and physically demanding. Take a look at the rigorous training astronauts undergo. More...

Profile
NOVA/PBS
Unpack a Meal of Astronaut Space Food

Unpack a Meal of Astronaut Space Food

Freeze-dried ice cream was on the menu for the Apollo 7 mission — but didn't make a return trip. "Bacon bars" weren't a big hit either. Find out what the Apollo astronauts did eat. More...

Article
Smithsonian
NASA’s 17 Apollo Moon Missions in Pictures

NASA’s 17 Apollo Moon Missions in Pictures

From the "disaster on the pad" of Apollo 1 through the final landing moon landing of Apollo 17, explore the NASA program with this photo gallery. More...

Images
Space.com
Lunar Lander

Lunar Lander

Just like the real lunar lander, this game version is hard to control and land. Can you avoid the boulder field and make a soft landing before you run out of fuel? More...

Game
PhET
The Apollo Program

The Apollo Program

Sure, taking humans safely to the Moon and back was the driving reason behind the Apollo program. But it wasn't the only goal. More...

Article
Smithsonian
What Are Asteroids?

What Are Asteroids?

Explore the different types of asteroids, the inner and outer asteroid belts, and where all those rocks came from. More...

Article
KidsAstronomy.com
How Paintballs Could Save Earth from Giant Asteroid Impact

How Paintballs Could Save Earth from Giant Asteroid Impact

An epic battle between paintballs and a giant asteroid could one day save the Earth… That's the idea behind this MIT graduate student's asteroid-deflecting scheme. Could it work? More...

Article
Space.com
Black Holes: Gravity’s Relentless Pull

Black Holes: Gravity’s Relentless Pull

How can we find something that's essentially invisible? And how close is the closest black hole? Take this voyage to a black hole to get those answers and more. More...

Video
Space Telescope Science Institute
Black Hole Caught Killing Star (and Eating It for Lunch)

Black Hole Caught Killing Star (and Eating It for Lunch)

What does it look like when a black hole one million times more massive than our sun devours a star? See for yourself. More...

Video
Space.com
Black Hole Pictures

Black Hole Pictures

Flip through photos of everything from supermassive black holes to wormholes and other mysteries of space. More...

Images
Discovery
What Is a Comet?

What Is a Comet?

The time between a comet’s visit near the Sun and the next is called its period. The period of Haley’s comet is 75 years long. Some comets can have a period that lasts thousands or millions of years. More...

Video
NASA
Comet ISON Interview

Comet ISON Interview

Dr. Alex Young from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center talks about comet ISON’s once-in-a-lifetime journey. A Sun-grazing comet, it passed very close to the solar surface. More...

Video
NASA
Comets 101

Comets 101

Comets consist of a nucleus, a coma, and two kinds of tails. Most spend their time on the outskirts of the solar system, then zoom in for a pass by the Sun. More...

Article
NOVA/PBS
Explore the Solar System

Explore the Solar System

Play "mission" games and visit the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets in our solar system to get quick facts about each one. More...

Game
NASA
Planets

Planets

To be a planet, an object must orbit a star and have a spherical shape. Learn more about the 8 major planets and 5 dwarf planets of our solar system. More...

Article
Windows to the Universe
10 Need-to-Know Things About the Sun

10 Need-to-Know Things About the Sun

It's not just its position at the center of our solar system that makes the Sun so substantial — this star makes up 99.8 percent of the entire solar system's mass. Find out more. More...

Article
NASA
Moon 101

Moon 101

The Moon is 1/4 the size of Earth and a mere 240,000 miles away. Get details about the Moon’s phases, eclipses, age, origins, and more in this "crash course on lunar science." More...

Video
National Geographic
The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop

The Apollo 15 Hammer-Feather Drop

What happens if you drop a hammer and a feather simultaneously? Do they hit the ground at the same time? What if you are on the Moon? Watch and find out! More...

Video
NASA
Space Exploration Quiz

Space Exploration Quiz

When did the Apollo program start, and end? Which of the program's 17 missions was the first to be successfully manned? Challenge yourself with this quiz. More...

Interactive
Discovery
International Space Station

International Space Station

This space exploration and research platform was created by 16 countries. Explore its origins and research modules with Tim and Moby. More...

Video
BrainPOP
Latest News: International Space Station

Latest News: International Space Station

Who's living on the station right now? What experiments are currently underway? Track the news and even find out how you can get involved with the ISS. More...

Article
NASA
Thanksgiving Feast in Space

Thanksgiving Feast in Space

Irradiated turkey, thermo-stabilized yams, all from a green sack. You know what that means...it's Thanksgiving on the International Space Station. More...

Video
Space.com