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Destiny in Space, Warner Home Video, 1994, ASIN B00005MEPC
Travel alongside the astronauts as they deploy and repair the Hubble Space Telescope, soar above Venus and Mars, and find proof of new planets and the possibility of other life forming around distant stars. IMAX.

The Dream is Alive, Warner Home Video, 1985, ASIN B000058CKH
An introduction to space travel for young and old viewers. IMAX format.

Hail Columbia, Warner Home Video, 1982, ASIN B00005MEPI
A space documentary capturing the shuttle program filmed in the expansive IMAX format.

Mission to MIR, Warner Home Video, 1997, ASIN B00005MEPG
Explore the historic first long-term space station as Russians and Americans together prepare for upcoming missions. IMAX.

Skylab: The Second Manned Mission, Talas Enterprises, ASIN B0002FHQYQ
NASA Video covers the Skylab program.

Skylab: The First 40 Days, Cannata Communications, 1993, ASIN 6302795087
This NASA film depicts the early stages of the Skylab program.

Four Rooms: Earth View Cannata Communications, 1975, ASIN 6302795109
Early NASA film showing Skylab program details.

This is America, Charlie Brown: The NASA Space Station, Paramount Studios, 1988, ASIN 6303451640
Children's video showing the famous Peanuts characters building a replica of a space station and traveling in space for 90 days.

Inside the Space Station, Artesian Entertainment, 2000, ASIN B000053VAM
This 45-minute video will engage older children and young adults in how and why the station is being constructed.


Living in Space
Katie Daynes, Education Development Corporation, 2002, ISBN 0794503012
Children ages 4–6 can explore what it would be like to travel to and live in space.

Space Spinners
Suse MacDonald, Dial Books for Young Readers, 1991, ASIN 0803710089
Based on true events, but from the viewpoint of two spiders, this book for children ages 5–8 traces the story of spiders taken onboard the space shuttle to observe how they constructed webs in microgravity.

A Day in Space
Suzanne Lord and Jolie Epstein, Scholastic Paperbacks, 1986, ASIN 0590410997
This book for children ages 4–8 follows NASA astronauts to find out what it takes to prepare for a mission, and the practical sides of life on the space shuttle. A Day in Space also explores some of the common experiments in space (mixing oil and water).

Space Travel
Ian S. Graham and William Wharfe, Two-Can Publishing Company, 2000, ISBN 1-58728-465-0
Children ages 5–8 interactively explore space travel through a presentation of basic facts, images, games, and more.

Floating Home
David Getz, Henry Holt, 1997, ISBN 0805065806
A young girl explores the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral and becomes involved with a space shuttle mission. Children ages 6 to 9 will enjoy learning about the astronaut preparation presented in this book.

Launch Day
Peter Campbell, Milbrook Press, 1995, ISBN 1562941909
Children ages 7–9 can learn about the preparation, launch, flight, and return of the shuttle Atlantis.

Project Mercury
Paul Sipiera and Diane Sipiera, Children's Press, 1997, ISBN 0516204432

Children ages 7–9 learn about the manned space program of the United States, including technology, mission accomplishments, and the people involved in the missions.

Gravity: Simple Experiments for Young Scientists
Larry White and Laurie Hamilton, Millbrook Press, 1995, ISBN 1562944703
Children ages 7–11 undertake simple hands-on activities to investigate gravity.

Cosmic Science: Over 40 Gravity-Defying, Earth-Orbiting, Space-Cruising Activities for Kids
Jim Wiese, John Wiley & Sons, 1997, ISBN 0471158526

Demonstrations and activities for ages 8–10 explore the structure of our universe and space travel, along with some of the underlying physical principles.

On the Shuttle: Eight Days in Space
Barbara Bondar and Roberta Bondar, Maple Tree Press, 1993, ISBN 1895688124
Follow the Discovery mission of January 1992 and learn about living and working in space. Well illustrated, with many photographs.

Space Station Science: Life in Free Fall
Marianne Dyson, Dave Klug, and Buzz Aldrin, Scholastic Trade, 1999, ISBN 0590058894
Children ages 8–12 will enjoy learning about what it takes to live and work in space. Dyson investigates crew training, daily tasks, challenges to being in space, and the research onboard a space station.

Adventure in Space: The Flight to Fix the Hubble
Elaine Scott and Margaret Miller, Hyperion, 1995, ASIN 0786800380
Children ages 8–13 go behind the scenes with the astronauts to learn about preparations for a space flight to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. The book follows the mission from start to finish.

The Kid's Book of Space Flight and Space Stations/Book and Airlinks Modular Flight System
Kent Alexander, Running Pr Book Publisher, 1991, ASIN 0894718789

The Dream Is Alive: The Flight of Discovery Aboard the Space Shuttle (IMAX/Smithsonian Wide World Series)
Barbara Embury and Tom Crouch, Harper Collins Children's Books, 1990, ASIN 0060218134
Based on the IMAX film, this book for children ages 9–11 explores the space shuttle program, including its history, technology, challenges to flight, and human elements.

The Space Shuttle
Allison Lassieur, Children's Press, 2000, ISBN 0-516-2203-9
Lassieur presents the beginnings of the shuttle program, the layout of the shuttle, the Challenger disaster, and International Space Station information for ages 9–12.

Mir Space Station (Above and Beyond)
Neal Bernards,1999, ISBN 088682933X
Young readers ages 9–12 can explore the Russian space station Mir and its history.

Zero Gravity
Gloria Skurzynski, Bradbury Press, 1994, ASIN: 0027829251
Children ages 9–12 can learn about zero gravity and see what happens during experiments involving the loss of gravity.

Living in Space
Larry Kettelkamp, Morrow Junior Books, 1993, ASIN: 068810018X
Children ages 9–12 will enjoy reading about people who have lived in space, about space suits, space stations, and plans to send explorers to Mars and beyond.

Do Your Ears Pop in Space?: And 500 Other Surprising Questions About Space Travel
Mike Mullane, Wiley and Sons 1997, ISBN 0471154040
Shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane shares what it is really like to travel in space.

International Space Station: A Space Mission (Countdown to Space)
Michael Cole, Enslow Publishers, Inc. 1999, ISBN 0766011178
Children ages 9–12 explore the design and need for the International Space Station.

The International Space Station (Start Me Up Special)
Wolfgang Englehardt, Quadrillion Media, 1998, ISBN 1581850042
Children ages 9–12 can explore the development of the International Space Station from start to finish, and learn about living and working onboard the station.

NASA Space Vehicles: Capsules, Shuttles, and Space Stations (Countdown to Space)
Michael Cole, Enslow Publishers, 2000, ISBN 0766013081
Children ages 9–12 explore NASA's spacecraft, from the Mercury capsule to the International Space Station.

Space Station Ice 3
Bruce Coville, Archway, 1996, ISBN 0671536419
A fictional detective book for young readers set in a space colony.

Handshake in Space
Sheri Tan, Sheri, Higgins Bond, and Matthew Rotunda, Soundprints Corporation Audio, 1998, ISBN 1568995342
Two children find themselves traveling back in time to the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and re-enact the historic first rendezvous in space.

The Space Shuttle Operator's Manual
Kerry Joels, Ballentine Books, 1982, ISBN 0345341813
Readers experience all the stages of a real mission.

Internet Sites

All the latest International Space Station (ISS) and space shuttle news is presented on this site, along with a history of the ISS and shuttle, and other information about NASA's ISS program.

Track the International Space Station in real time on this interactive site for children and adults.

An interactive site for children that includes International Space Station information. Children can learn how to use orbital mechanics to calculate where the station and shuttle will be located at any given time.

This Web site explores the assembly of the International Space Station from human space walks to robotic aspects.

See the International Space Station fly overhead by logging on to this NASA site.

How do astronauts breathe in space? Where do they get water? These and other questions are explored at the NASA Living In Space Web site.

Good page for children about living in space — eating, sleeping, working, washing — all the daily routines are covered. The site also provides links for other information about the International Space Station.

Older children can go inside the International Space Station to learn about life in space. The site includes a space station users guide, interactive games, a “make your own space cartoon” interactive, and a “meet the astronauts” link.

Older children will enjoy exploring how the International Space Station is being put together, and who is doing it.

Lesson plans for activities through which children ages 11–13 work in groups to explore different aspects of living and working in space.

The Virtual Astronaut Program is an interactive 3-D Web site that allows children to explore the recent findings in physical sciences, space sciences, space medicine, biomedical research, and living in space. This site has great visuals and easily digested text, and is designed for classroom use.

How the space shuttle works is explored in a series of step-by-step pages that share what is necessary to get the shuttle into space, orbit, work, and return from space. Nice diagrams and a good starting point for discussion with older children and young adults.

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.

This site provides an extensive list of links to NASA's educational materials — videos and lesson plans — for the space shuttle, designed primarily for the classroom. Topics encompass space basics, nutrition, living in space, space suits, shuttle documentaries, and more.

Explore the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions performed by the crew of the International Space Station.

Explore the history of the space shuttle and several rendezvous with Mir. Sights, sounds, and first-person stories are shared, as well as historical background, official documents, chronologies, and guided tours.

A well-displayed and comprehensive overview of the Mir mission, station components, and timeline of events in Mir history for young adults.

An overview of the Skylab project, including the goals, station, and results achieved. For young adults.

Overview, gallery, and timeline of Russia's first space stations.

This site provides a historical archive of NASA's space history, rocket history, early astronauts, and all the manned mission projects.


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Last updated
January 21, 2005