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International Space Station

NASA’s Spot The Station 
See the International Space Station! The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, but it is dozens of times higher than any airplane and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster. It is bright enough that it can even be seen from the middle of a city! As the third brightest object in the sky, the space station is easy to see if you know when to look up. Use NASA's Spot The Station service to find upcoming sighting opportunities for several thousand locations worldwide. Plus, sign up to receive notices of opportunities in your email inbox or cell phone! To learn more about the space station, its international crew, and how they live and working in space, please visit the space station mission pages.

International Space Station
Find information about the space station, its international crew, and how they live and work in space.

How the International Space Station works is explored in a site designed for older children and young adults. Visitors are led through an introduction to the station, its components, and the research being conducted.

Living and Working in Space

A Day in the Life Aboard the International Space Station offers articles and videos about the astronauts' daily routines.

Living in Space - This NASA site offers children ages 6–10 information on what it is like for astronauts in space. It discusses in an easy-to-read style everyday issues that we deal with on Earth such as exercise, personal hygiene, and chores.

PBS's Space Station site provides in-depth features on sanitation in orbit, recreation and sleeping, eating in space, life in microgravity and more. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.

The Space Daily web site provides articles on radiation, diet and nutrition in space, as well as other health aspects related to space flight. Appropriate for all children 12 and older.

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute researches several areas of human physiology and spaceflight. The site, for ages 16 and older, presents an overview of different research programs and examines the benefits of this research to human health on Earth as well as in space.

Kids and adults will enjoy a succinct answer to the classic question, "How do you go to the bathroom in space?" Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's explanation is available on Universe Today.

Building Space Colonies

Artist Pat Rawlings creates images of colonies on Mars and the Moon, as well as a variety of space exploration and research subjects. This is a great site for sparking imagination!

Collection of artists' images of what a colony on Mars might look like. Includes pictures and animations of transportation vehicles, bases, and research.

Gravity and Microgravity

How Stuff Works explores what weightlessness is and how it impacts the human body. For children ages 12 and beyond.

What is Microgravity? - Children ages 15 and older learn about microgravity and why it happens.


Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum explores the amazing world beyond the visible! Text and images introduce electromagnetic waves, where they come from, how they behave, and how scientists use them. In addition to the website, a book is available for download as a PDF, and there is a companion video. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.


Salud, familia! Latino Children's Wellness Program provides free health and nutrition information through bilingual children's books, which are available to download as PDFs.

Kidshealth discusses several different topics regarding children's health issues. Kids can learn how to be fit, how to eat nutritiously, and lots of pertinent facts about health. This site is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Last updated
June 22, 2015


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