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Rockets - Resources - Websites


NASA's Beginner's Guide to Model Rockets shares basic math and physics principles that govern the design and flight of model rockets. Young adults and adults can study how model rockets operate.

NASA's Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics helps young adults and adults learn more about aeronautics, including aerodynamics, propulsion, and rocket systems. The content covers basic physics principles and is well illustrated.

NASA's Aerospace Activities and Lessons site provides a wide variety of aerospace activities and lesson plans generated by teachers, educators, and NASA engineers and scientists. Activities include explorations of aerodynamics, propulsion, rockets, jets, and more. Multiple activities demonstrate Newton's laws and the principles of rocketry. Complexity varies as does age level.

Newton in Space is a video and learning guide that explores Newton's three laws of motion. The video can also be ordered from NASA CORE.

Space Basics is a video and learning guide that explores questions about space flight. How do spacecraft travel into space, remain in orbit, and return to Earth? Why do astronauts float in space? The video can also be ordered from NASA CORE.

Launch a Rocket from a Spinning Planet provides a hands-on activity and illustrated explanation of what goes into determining when to launch a rocket. For ages 9–14.

The Digestible Earth-to-Orbit Launch Vehicle challenges children ages 10–13 to work in teams to design a new launch vehicle to replace the space shuttle.

Rocket Salad, first-place winner in a contest sponsored by the National Dairy Association, shows children how to create a “rocket-shaped salad” from bananas, pineapple, apples, and other fruits and vegetables.

Rocket Detector allows children to enter their current locations to learn if and where they can see the International Space Station, space shuttle, or Mir in the night sky.

A Timeline of Rocket History is a graphical presentation tracing rocketry from ancient times to the present day. Photographs, paintings, and drawings made by artists from both within and outside NASA illustrate the history.

Space Place presents The History of Aviation and Modern Rocketry.

The NASA History Division presents a collection of Web resources related to the Apollo Program.

The JSC Digital Image Collection is a searchable collection of more than 9000 NASA press release photos covering the American manned space program, from the Mercury program to the STS-79 shuttle mission.

Yesterday's Space Facts is a database of space facts searchable by date.

Keep up with the latest news about the U.S. space shuttle program.

Last updated
May 27, 2009


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