SOFTWARE HEADER GRAPHIC


Information concerning educational software development for NASA can be obtained at
Technology and Evaluation Branch
Code FET
NASA Headquarters
Washington DC 20546
(202) 358-1540

A bibliography of software for aerospace education can be obtained from the Teacher Resource Center at the NASA field center serving your area or from Spacelink.

Electronic PictureBooks

The following Hypercard Stacks were produced by the Exploration In Education (ExInEd) program of the Special Studies Office at the Space Telescope Science Institute. Additional Information. (For Macintosh and Windows; free via downloading.)

The Red Planet
An overview of Mars, including its volcanos, the Valles Marineris canyon system, features formed by running water, the SNC meteorites, and its two small moons, Phobos and Deimos.

Clementine Explores the Moon
Describes the mission and offers a selection of imagery and global data coverage obtained by the Clementine spacecraft.

PlanetQuest
Describes the history of planetary spacecraft, beginning with the early lunar missions in support of the Apollo program to current plans for missions to Mars, Jupiter, and Pluto.

Comparing Earth and Its Planetary Neighbors
Compares Earth features with those of other bodies in the solar system. Provides an introduction to planetary science especially appropriate to middle school students.

Images of Mars
Contains reprocessed photos, with captions, taken on the Viking mission. Includes brief history of human interest in Mars.

Magellan Highlights of Venus
A geologic tour of Venus using images from the Magellan spacecraft. Includes a summary of the most important scientific findings from the mission.

The Planetary System
Collection of some of the most beautiful images of the solar system. Includes all the planets, their rings and satellites, asteroids, and comets.

Image Processing

NASAView 
This is a Planetary Data System image display tool that runs on different platforms. It can be used to display imagery from NASA mission CD-ROMs. Additional Information. (Multiple platforms; free via downloading.)

NCSA Image
This is an image processing tool, developed by NCSA, for the Macintosh and PC-DOS computers. Additional Information. (Macintosh and DOS; free via downloading.)

NIH Image
This is a public-domain image processing and analysis program for the Macintosh computer. Additional Information. (Macintosh only; free via downloading.)

Scion Image for Windows 
This is a public-domain image processing and analysis program for Windows computers. Additional Information. (Windows only; free via downloading.)

Laboratory Activities

Astrometry of Asteroids 
This software (for high school and college classes) is designed to introduce students to the techniques used to discover asteroids and measure their coordinates. Includes student manuals and teaching materials. (Macintosh or Windows; free via downloading.) Source = CLEA.

The Height of Lunar Mountains
This software (for high school and college classes) is designed to show how the height of surface features can be determined from measurements of their shadows. Includes student manuals and teaching materials. (Macintosh or Windows; free via downloading.) Source = CLEA.

The Revolution of the Moons of Jupiter
This software (for high school and college classes) is designed to show how the mass of a planet can be determined using Kepler's third law of motion. Includes student manuals and teaching materials. (Macintosh or Windows; free via downloading.) Source = CLEA.

The Rotation of Mercury Using Doppler Radar
This software (for high school and college classes) is designed to show how to determine the rotation rate of a planet using the Doppler shift of a returned radar pulse. Includes student manuals and teaching materials. (Macintosh or Windows; free via downloading.) Source = CLEA

Miscellaneous

Astrografix
A collection of astronomy utility, game, database, and graphics programs. (Apple II platform; 1 disk, $2.00.) Source = CORE.

Astro-Macronomer
Astronomical observation utility providing coordinate, magnitude, and other pertinent data about the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, and a variety of deep space objects. (Macintosh; 1 disk, $5.00.) Source = CORE.

Astronomy
The majority of the programs are observatory utility programs, for grades 4-6, providing a variety of calculation functions including planet locations, eclipse dates, and astrophotography data. Also includes the "Griffith Observatory Museum" disk and "The Astronomical Almanac." (Apple II platform; 3 disks, $12.00.) Source = CORE.

The GO Program
A computer program that allows users to calculate periods of altitude, acceleration of gravity, and escape velocity. (Apple II platform; Grades 5-6; 1 disk, $2.00.) Source = CORE.

Hubble Space Telescope Education Software Project
Explains the operation and design of telescopes in general and the HST in particular. Includes a collection of classroom activities. (8 disks, $26.00.) Source = CORE.

Multiyear Interactive Computer Almanac (MICA) 
Supersedes the old Floppy Almanac. Provides high-precision astronomical data in tabular form for a wide variety of celestial objects. Additional Information. (Grades 9 and up; DOS and Macintosh; $24.95.) Source = Willmann-Bell Inc.

Updated - 5/06/02

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