Lunar and Planetary Institute

Space Stations

Welcome to Explore! Space Stations

Space stations are platforms for long-term living and working in space that orbit Earth; in the future, they may orbit other planets or moons.  Space stations are places to carry out scientific research, such as observing crystal growth in microgravity, an environment not found on Earth.  The International Space Station is almost completed and will provide a permanent—and international—human presence in space.  In the Communication Challenge activity, children design space stations using paper cutout parts.  The full group then divides into a Mission Control Team (design) and an Astronaut Team (construction), and must communicate across a barrier (such as a bookcase) to create a space station.  The activities are suitable for children ages 8-13 unless otherwise noted in the “activities” section.  Discover links to additional games, activities, and information in the “further resources” section.

Last updated
May 27, 2009