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Want to learn more about space exploration and astronomy? Check out these videos, activities, stories and games to begin your journey today! Videos are courtesy of NASA.

Explore Flight: NASA 2020: A Year of Action – click here to see how NASA is pushing the boundaries of human exploration!

Space Tech: Fifty Years of Apollo Technologies in Your Life – click here to discover how the Apollo Program has changed everyday life!

Explore: Earth – click here to see how NASA maps provide insight into how the polar ice sheets are changing.

Humans in Space – click here to discover how NASA protects astronauts from space radiation.

Moon to Mars – click here to see Apollo 13 views of the Moon in 4K.

Constellation Creation
Create your very own constellation! Use markers, colored pencils or crayons to connect the stars into your own picture or pattern.  Then, give your constellation a name.

Constellation Viewer
Use the template to create a Constellation Viewer. Cut out both pieces and then push a brass fastener or paper clip through the center to attach them together. Spin your viewer to observe seasonal constellations!

Dipper Finder
Use the template to create a Dipper Finder.  Cut out both pieces and then push a brass fastener or paper clip through the center to attach them together.  Use your Dipper Finder to locate the Big Dipper in the night sky all year long!

Spaceship Heart Cutout (color) or Spaceship Heart Cutout (black & white)
I ♥ Architecture is creative paper play in objects, space and experience. The principle tool is a paper lattice to be folded into a three-dimensional polyhedral pack. From multiple polyhedral packs you can create a spaceship. To see a video of how to put the spaceship together, click here. This activity is best suited for older kids due to the challenging construction.

Happy Birthday Hubble!
Did you know it’s the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th birthday? Help us celebrate by learning more about the Hubble or sharing a happy birthday space-inspired creation! And click here to see Hubble’s recent colorful image commemorating 30 years of viewing the wonders of space.

Mousetronaut Goes to Mars
Written by: Mark Kelly, Illustrated by: C.F. Payne
The smallest member of the team, a mouse named Meteor, is back on board and ready to come to the rescue on an interplanetary adventure!

Hey-Ho to Mars We’ll Go
Written by: Susan Lendroth, Illustrated by: Bob Kolar
Venture on a musical mission to Mars, from launch to landing on the Red Planet!

A Moon of My Own
Written by: Jennifer Rustgi, Illustrated by: Ashley White
An adventurous young girl journeys around the world, if only in her dreams, while accompanied by her faithful companion – the Moon.

Astronaut Annie
Written by: Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by: Nicole Tadgell
Annie’s joyful exuberance and her family’s whole-hearted support leave no doubt that her dream is within her grasp.

Written by: Mark Kelly, Illustrated by: C.F. Payne
A heartwarming picture book tale of the power of the small, from bestselling author and retired NASA astronaut Commander Mark Kelly.

Slyder: The Infrared Universe
Play the Slyder game!  Unscramble these pictures of strange and wondrous objects in space!

Mission to Jupiter
Play “JunoQuest” and help the Juno spacecraft explore the mysteries of Jupiter!

Adventure to Mars
You and your crew are about to blast off to Mars!  What will you bring to the red planet?

Explore the Solar System
Explore planets, moons, comets and asteroids. Put your skills to the test by completing NASA missions!

Shields Up
Save the satellites!  The GOES-R satellite warns that bad space weather is on the way.  Your job is to shield all the other Earth satellites from damage.

We would love to see pictures of your family learning about space.
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