Science and Exploration Education Resources

Featured Education Resources


Celebrate the launch of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission by hosting a GPM Rain EnGAUGE Event – a family science night at your school, outdoor education center, library or museum.

Ozone Hole Poster and Booklet

This poster illustrates data from five different missions that tracked the development of the ozone hole from space.

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A Universal Puzzler

Use your knowledge of space terminology to solve this puzzle.
[ 0-30 minutes ]

Afterschool Universe

Afterschool Universe is an out-of-school-time astronomy program for middle school students. It explores astronomy concepts through engaging hands-on activities and takes participants on a journey through the universe.
[ 8+ hours ]

Afterschool Universe YouTube Channel

These additional resources on YouTube help informal educators to run the activities within the Afterschool Universe program.

Another Way to Solve a Chilling Problem

This lab illustrates creative methods for cooling by presenting a technique for creating supercooled water. This may be done as a demonstration, but can be easily integrated into a chemistry or physics class as a lab exercise.
[ 30-60 minutes ]

Aqua Cool Science

A highly interactive site describing the AQUA satellite mission.
[ Science and Technology: Understanding about science and technology (9-12) ]
[ Earth and Space Science: Energy in the earth system (9-12) ]
[ Physical Science: Interactions of energy and matter (9-12) ]
[ Science and Technology: Understanding about science and technology (5-8) ]
[ Earth and Space Science: Structure of the earth system (5-8) ]
[ Physical Science: Transfer of energy (5-8) ]

Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity from Space Website

The Aquarius Sea Surface Salinity from Space website contains classroom activities for students in grades K-12. Aquarius is the first satellite to measure global sea surface salinity.

Ask an Astrophysicist

A service in which scientists within the Astrophysics Science Division answer questions on a variety of topics. The site includes an extensive collection of previously asked questions.

Ask Dr. SOHO

Ask Dr. SOHO will respond to questions about the sun. Grades K-adult .

Astronomy Picture of the Day

This site presents a different image of our fascinating universe every day, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Big Explosions and Strong Gravity

Big Explosions and Strong Gravity is an event curriculum where Girl Scouts meet real scientists and join them for a day of hands-on exploration into supernovae and black holes.
[ 2-4 hours ]

Build an LRO

Create your own models of lunar orbiters out of edible or nonedible materials.
[ Science as Inquiry: Understanding about scientific inquiry ]
[ Unifying Concepts and Processes: Evolution and equilibrium ]
[ Earth and Space Science: Objects in the sky (K-4) ]
[ 30-60 minutes ]

Chesapeake Bay Flyover and Watershed Region

Chesapeake Bay Flyover and Watershed Region animation with city and river labels
[ 0-30 minutes ]


Downloadable PowerPoint file of Dr. Michael Mumma's 2004 Keck lecture on comets. (58 MB) Mumma is a planetary scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Concentration Game

Play the classic Concentration card game online, with a solar twist!

Cosmic Connection

A very important piece of space equipment has been hidden among the stars. Use your mathematical skills to find it!

Cosmic Couples

Match pictures of objects found in our universe.

Cosmic Distance Scale

This feature illustrates the immensity of the universe by employing a method used many times in "Power of 10" films. It starts with an image of Earth and then zooms out to the furthest visible reaches of the universe.
[ Unifying Concepts and Processes: Form and function ]
[ Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry ]
[ Earth and Space Science: Earth in the solar system (5-8) ]
[ History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor (9-12) ]

Cosmic Times

Cosmic Times examines how our understanding of the universe has changed in the past century. This history is presented as a series of six front-page newspapers with articles describing the discoveries throughout this time period.


Help comb our galaxy for stars with planet-forming disks! This is the first NASA led and funded crowdsourcing project whose main goal is to produce publishable scientific results.

Earth Observatory Image of the Day

Earth Observatory Image of the day highlights a new image of our planet daily, with explanatory text.

Earth to Sky

Earth to Sky is a partnership between the science and interpretation/education communities of NPS, FWS and NASA to enrich the experiences of millions of park visitors.

Echo the Bat

An illustrated story about how a baby bat learns about remote sensing.
[ 0-30 minutes ]

Edible Model of the Sun

In this activity, make an edible model of the sun's outer layers using cookies and toppings.

Educational Global Climate Modeling

The EdGCM Project provides a research-quality global climate model with a user-friendly interface that runs on desktop computers. Anyone can explore the subject of climate change using the same methods and tools that scientists employ.

Exploring Ice in the Solar System

"Exploring Ice in the Solar System" examines the importance of water in the form of ice in the solar system. It includes hands-on experiences with ice and investigations of ice in everyday life, Earth's polar regions, and the solar system.

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