Solar System Explorations: Missions
A NASA Website that allows the user to click on a planet or region of the solar system and find past, present, and future missions by NASA as well as other countries. You can do an advanced search by country, decade, or specific mission name. Information written at an adult level.
Windows to the Universe: Space Mission Web
This page has links to the more popular space mission Websites, many of which are NASA’s. The neat feature is the bar at the bottom that allows you to click on a planet or region of the solar system and find out details on all U.S. and international missions by clicking on Space Missions link. You can choose a beginning, intermediate, or advanced reading level.
ESA Space Science: Space Missions
ESA stands for European Space Agency and is the equivalent of NASA for the U.S. Once you know the name of a particular mission, you can click on the name on the bar to the left and find out more details. Written at an adult level.
Lunar and Planetary Science
A NASA Website that allows you to pick a planet from the bar on the left and then choose from past, current, or future missions for more information. It has links to a fact sheet about the planet and answers to Frequently Asked Questions. Written at an adult level.
NASA Kids Homepage: grades 5-8
This address goes right to the grade 5-8 section, but there are sections for grades 1-4 and 9-12. When you click on the Homework Topics or Find it Fast, you are taken to links for topics written at the appropriate grade level.
How Stuff Works
Click on the link on the left that will take you to Space Exploration or Transportation Systems. From here you can link to the Space Shuttle, Hubble Telescope, or International Space Station. You can also find out how past missions worked such as Apollo. Though written at an adult level, the explanations are clear enough for a middle schooler to understand.
Kids Cosmos: Space Exploration Facts
A site for kids that allows you to choose a destination from a drop-down menu, which takes you to mission information and quick facts about the planet/destination.
NASA: International Space Station
A NASA site dedicated to the International Space Station (ISS). This site has a menu on the right that connect to current information such as the crew on board, where to find it in the sky, and interactive video tour that shows how the crew lives and how the station works. One of the right hand links shows live Space Station video on NASA TV.
NASA: Space Shuttle
A NASA site devoted to the Space Shuttle program. Links on the left have basic information about the various missions, video of launches, and basic descriptions of the parts of the shuttle and rockets on take-off. On the right are links to many How Stuff Works illustrations as well as videos of shuttle landings since 2003.
NASA: Hubble Site
This NASA site allows you to click on links for basic information about the Hubble telescope and its discoveries. Other links allow you to view where the Hubble is now in the sky, who the engineers are, a photo gallery of pictures from Hubble, and information on the James Webb telescope.