I love space.
I wanted to be an astronaut when I was a kid.
I still do.
There are many reasons to be jealous of Science teachers, but the opportunity to speculate about space exploration with wide-eyed kids has got to be near the top of the list. So, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s trip into the cosmos, here’s a list of the space-related web resources that I might use if I taught Science.
See What Yuri Saw – Astonishing HD video shot from the International Space Station combined with actual audio from Gagarin’s mission.
Journey to the Moon – Snagfilm video
A New View of the Galaxy – Exclusive Kepler data visualization by Jer Thorp
Extreme Planet Makeover – Interactive planet builder
Celestia – Free Open Source space simulation app that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux
WorldWide Telescope – Virtual telescope that runs as a desktop app on Windows or in the browser via Silverlight
We Choose the Moon – Interactive history of the Apollo 11 launch
Ascent – Video commemorating 29 years of shuttle launches
Go for Launch – Time lapse video of the preparation and launch of the Discovery
NASA for Education – A vast expanse of resources, straight from the horses mouth