NEWS from NASA
NASA has photo gallery. Most of the photos are quite impressive. Click on the little pictures beneath the large picture to view them.
We talked about x-rays today. Chandra is the name of the satellite that takes pictures of x-ray waves in space. Check out the amazing pictures from these three satellites: Chandra, Hubble, and Kepler websites. Each one "sees" a different kind of wave. The Kepler just launched March 6, 2009. There aren't photos of deep space yet, but you may want to keep an eye on this site.
New robots and plans for the next moon landing: Here's a news release showing pictures of some of the new robots NASA has designed for the next time astronauts visit the moon. Instead of a few days, astronauts will be staying on the moon for months. Under the ATHLETE robot, click on #1 and #2 to see more pictures. This would be a very interesting article to try out your compare/contrast skills. How were the Apollo missions different than the missions starting around 2020?
The Mars Rover lands on Mars! This is an amazing video. Choose the "Rover Mission to Mars Animation." There are three different options for viewing it, depending on what programs you have on your computer. If one doesn't work, try a different one.
Fly to Mars: Launch the Mars rover from Earth. If you use the hint, let the first launch pass. Does the hint have you launching from the same place on your second or third opportunity? Look around the website and see if you can figure out what's happening. Let us know on the blog what you find! From Mars Quest, you can also fly over Mars and drive the rover the way NASA does.
The Mars Rover Mission has lots of interesting information. It also has a link to Mars for Kids (translation... games).
The main NASA website has games for kids too. If you want information, look at the student website. It has contests and real information about the space program.
Don't forget to look at the International Space Station! Find the interactive features on the right side of the screen. A few days earlier, you could have helped name the new node that's going up to the station. You can look at the names people voted for anyway. Be sure to take a tour of the station (Interactive Space Station Reference Guide). It is completely awesome! You'll need headphones for this if you're in the computer lab.
As requested, here's a link to the weather on the sun.