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Space science, or the space sciences, are fields of science that are concerned with the study or utilization of outer space. There are several major fields of space science including astronomy, exobiology, space transport, and space exploration and colonization. In addition, space sciences impact or are related to many other fields, from the biology of organisms in space environments to the geology of other bodies and planets (astrogeology), as well as nuclear physics in interstellar space and inside stars. This bibliography provides information sources which provide guidance to students, parents and teachers throughout the process of planning, developing, implementing and competing in science fair activities related to space science. Sources range in suitability from elementary to secondary school levels.

This guide updates LC Science Tracer Bullet 06-3, Space Science Projects. Sources in other areas of science and on science fairs themselves are listed in Science Fair Projects (TB 09-3), Environmental Science Projects (TB 09-2), and Science Projects in Biology, Natural History and Agriculture (TB 10-2). Not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography, this guide is designed--as the name tracer bullet implies--to put the reader “on target.” For updates and other related resources, consult the Science Reference Services web page at:



Pallant, Amy, Sarah Pryputniewicz, and Hee-Sun Lee. Exploring the unknown: fostering critical thinking in Earth and space science. Science teacher, v. 79, Mar. 2012: 60-65.
   Q181.S38 and Pamphlet box <SciRR>

Space sciences. 2nd end. Detroit, Gale, Cengage Learning, c2012. 4 v.
   QB500.S63 2012 <SciRR>
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Contents: v. 1. Space business. -- v. 2. Planetary science and astronomy. -- v. 3. Humans in space. -- v. 4. Our future in space.



Subject headings used by the Library of Congress, under which books on space science projects can be located in most card, and online catalogs include the following:

Highly Relevant

   See also subdivision EXPERIMENTS under subject headings of particular interest, such as AIR--EXPERIMENTS, FLIGHT--EXPERIMENTS, PHYSICS--EXPERIMENTS





Bortz, Fred. Seven wonders of space technology. Minneapolis, Twenty-First Century Books, c2011. 80 p.
   TL793.B665 2011
   Bibliography: p. 76-77.

Brownell, Richard. Space exploration. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2013. 96 p.
   QB500.262.B77 2013
   Bibliography: p. 88-89.

Damon, Thomas. Introduction to space: the science of spaceflight. 4th ed. Malabar, FL, Krieger, 2011.300 p.
   TL791.D36 2011<SciRR>
   Includes bibliographical references.

Gardner, Robert, and Madeline P. Goodstein. Ace your space science project: great science fair ideas. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2010. 127 p.
   QB500.22.G369 2010
   Bibliography: p. 123-124.

Graham, Ian. Space travel. New York, DK Pub., c2004. 96 p.
   TL793.G689 2004

Lee, Wayne. To rise from earth: an easy-to-understand guide to spaceflight. 2nd ed. New York, Facts on File, 2000. 317 p.
   TL793.L3137 1999 <SciRR>

Parks, Peggy J. Space research. San Diego, CA, ReferencePoint Press, c2011. 96 p.
   TL793.P326 2011
   Includes bibliographical references.

Swinerd, Graham. How spacecraft fly: spaceflight without formulae. New York, Copernicus Books, c2008. 268 p.
   TL793.S95 2008

Walker, Pam, and Elaine Wood. Space and astronomy experiments. New York, Facts on File, c2010. 152 p.
   QB136.W35 2010
   Includes bibliographical references.



Bortz, Fred. Astrobiology. Minneapolis, Lerner Publications, c2008. 48 p.
   QH327.B67 2008
   Bibliography: 43-45.

Boyce, Joseph. The Smithsonian book of Mars. Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, c2002. 321 p.
   QB641.B68 2002 <SciRR>
   Bibliography: p. 311.

Carroll, Michael W. Drifting on alien winds: exploring the skies and weather of other worlds. New York, Springer, c2011. 238 p.
   QB603.A85C37 2011
   Includes bibliographical references.

Elkins-Tanton, Linda T. Asteroids, meteorites, and comets. Rev. ed. New York, Facts on File, c2010. 270 p.
   QB651.E45 2010
   Includes bibliographical references.
   Series: The Solar system.

Furniss, Tim. The history of space vehicles. San Diego, CA, Thunder Bay Press, c2001. 256 p.
   TL795.F8697 2001

Jenkins, Dennis R. Space shuttle: the history of the National Space Transportation System: the first 100 missions. 3rd ed. Cape Canaveral, FL, D. R. Jenkins, c2001. 513 p.
   TL795.5.J6424 2001 <SciRR>
   Bibliography: p. 481-502.

Kerrod, Robin, and Carole Stott. Hubble: the mirror on the universe. 3rd. ed., updated, rev. and expanded. Richmond Hill, ON, Buffalo, NY, Firefly Books, 2011. 224 p.
   QB500.268.K47 2011 <SciRR>

Konicek-Moran, Richard. Everyday Earth and space science mysteries: stories for inquiry-based science teaching. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, c2013. 232 p.
   GE40.K655 2013
   Includes bibliographical references.

Life sciences research in space. Editors, H. Oser, B. Battrick. Paris, European Space Agency, c1989. 135 p. (ESA SP, 1105)
   QH327.L548 1989
   Includes bibliographical references.

Planel, Hubert. Space and life: an introduction to space biology and medicine. Boca Raton, CRC Press, c2004. 178 p.
   QH327.P5213 2004
   Bibliography: p. 165-166.

Space: a visual encyclopedia. London, New York, DK Pub., c2010. 254 p. Includes bibliographical references.
   QB46.S693 2010 <SciRR>

Taylor, Robert. The space shuttle. San Diego, CA, Lucent Books, 2002. 112 p.
   TL795.515.T39 2002
   Includes bibliographical references.

Watters, Thomas R. Planets: a Smithsonian guide. New York, Macmillan USA, c1995. 256 p.
   QB602.W38 1995 <SciRR>



Classroom Experiments and Activities – Elementary

Asimov, Isaac, and Richard Hantula. Astronomy projects. Rev. and updated ed. Milwaukee, Gareth Stevens Pub., 2006. 32 p.
   QB64.A75 2006 LANDOVR
   Bibliography: p. 30.

Gardner, Robert. Science project ideas about space science. Rev. ed. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2002. 128 p.
   QB500.264.G375 2002 LANDOVR
   Bibliography: p. 125.
   Originally published as Projects in space science, c1988.

Hense, Mary. How astronauts use math. New York, Chelsea Clubhouse, c2010. 32 p.
   TL849.H46 2010
   Includes educational resources.

Kessler, Colleen. A project guide to the solar system. Hockessin, DE, Mitchell Lane Publishers, c2011. 47 p.
   QB501.3.K54 2011
   Bibliography: p. 44-45.

Riley, Peter D. Space. Mankato, MN, Sea-to-Sea Pub., c2011. 32 p.
   QB46.R574 2011
   Bibliography: p. 30.
   Series: The Real scientist investigates

Shores, Lori. How to build a fizzy rocket. Mankato, MN, Capstone Press, c2011. 24 p.
   TL844.S56 2011
   Bibliography: p. 23.

Space exploration. Milwaukee, Gareth Stevens Pub., 2004. 32 p.
   QB500.22.Q47 2004 LANDOVR
   Originally published as Quest. Bethesda, MD, Discovery Enterprises, 2000.

Tocci, Salvatore. Experiments with the sun and the moon. New York, Children's Press, c2003. 47 p.
   QB46.T63 2003 LANDOVR
   Includes bibliographical references.

Tocci, Salvatore. Space experiments. New York, Children's Press, c2002. 47 p.
   Bibliography: p. 44.
   TL794.3.T63 2002

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave's A+ projects in astronomy: winning experiments for science fairs and extra credit. New York, Wiley, c2002. 216 p.
   QB46.V34 2002 LANDOVR

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Janice VanCleave's solar system: mind-boggling experiments you can turn into science fair projects. New York, Wiley, c2000. 90 p.
   QB501.3.V36 2000 LANDOVR

VanCleave, Janice Pratt. Step-by-step science experiments in astronomy. New York, Rosen Pub., c2013. 80 p.
   QB46.V36 2013
   Bibliography: p. 77-78.

Classroom Experiments and Activities – Secondary

Carson, Mary Kay. Beyond the solar system: exploring galaxies, black holes, alien planets, and more: a history with 21 activities. Chicago, Chicago Review Press, c2013. 127 p.
   QB15.C37 2013
   Bibliography: p. 121.

Dawson, Dennis W. Out of the classroom: observations and investigations in astronomy. Australia, Pacific Grove, CA, Brooks/Cole, c2002. 181 p.    QB61.D49 2002 LANDOVR
   Bibliography: p. vi-vii.

Ferguson, Dale C. Introductory astronomy exercises. 2nd ed. Pacific Grove, CA, Brooks/Cole, c2001. 326 p.
   QB62.7.F47 2001 LANDOVR

Golden, Leslie M. Laboratory experiments in physics for modern astronomy: with comprehensive development of the physical principles. New York, London, Springer, c2013. 570 p.
   QB61.G65 2013

Harber, Gavin D. J. 50 model rocket projects for the evil genius. New York, McGraw-Hill, c2007. 194 p.
   TL844.H37 2007
   Bibliography: p. 185.

Harrington, Philip S., and Edward Pascuzzi. Astronomy for all ages: discovering the universe through activities for children and adults. 2nd ed. Guilford, CT, Globe Pequot Press, c2000. 214 p.
   QB63.H317 2000 LANOVR
   Includes bibliographical references.

Holt, Geoff, and Nancy W. West. Project Earth science: astronomy. Rev. 2nd ed. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, c2011. 174 p.
   QB61.S553 2011
   Bibliography: p. 163-167.

Kastner, Bernice. Space mathematics: math problems based on space science. Mineola, NY, Dover Publications, c2012. 192 p.
   TL845.K37 2012

Keeley, Page, and Cary Ivan Sneider. Uncovering student ideas in astronomy: 45 assessment probes. Arlington, VA, NSTA Press, c2012. 255 p.
   QB61.K44 2012
   Includes bibliographical references.

Millspaugh, Ben P. Aviation and space science projects, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, TAB Books, c1992. 133 p.
   TL547.M63 1991

Rhatigan, Joe, and Rain Newcomb. Out-of-this-world astronomy: 50 amazing activities & projects. New York, Lark Books, c2003. 128 p.
   QB46.R527 2003 LANDOVR

Schaaf, Fred. Seeing the sky: 100 projects, activities, and explorations in astronomy. New York, Wiley, c1990. 212 p.
   QB64.S427 1990
   Bibliography: p. 207-208.

Van Milligan, Timothy S. Model rocket: design and construction: how to create and build unique and exciting model rockets that work. Waukesha, WI, Kalmbach Books, c1995. 120 p.
   TL844.V26 1995

Background Readings

The Apollo 11 moon landing. Edited by Sylvia Engdahl. Detroit, Greenhaven Press, c2011. 207 p.
   TL789.8.U6A512112 2011
   Bibliography: p. 192-197

Barter, James. Space stations. San Diego, CA, Lucent Books, c2004. 112 p.
   TL797.15.B37 2004
   Includes bibliographical references.

The Beginner's observing guide. Edited by Leo Enright. Toronto, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, 1992- .
   An introduction to the night sky for the novice stargazer.
   Rev. 5th ed., 2003.

Gater, Will, and Giles Sparrow. The night sky month by month. New York, DK, c2011. 128 p. Content previously published in Universe.
   QB63.G38 2011

Kerrod, Robin. Universe. New York, DK Pub., 2009. 72 p.
   QB46.K43 2009b LANDOVR

Lüsted, Marcia Amidon. The International Space Station. Farmington Hills, MI, Lucent, c2006. 112 p.
   TL797.15.L87 2006
   Includes bibliographical references.

Miller, Ron. Space exploration. Minneapolis, Twenty-First Century Books, c2008. 112 p.
   TL793.M5558 2008
   Includes bibliographical references.

Oxlade, Chris. Mars. Chicago, Raintree, c2013. 48 p. (Astronaut travel guides)
   QB641.O95 2013
   Bibliography: p. 47.

Parks, Peggy J. Exploring Mars. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2005. 112 p.
   QB641.P37 2005 LANDOVR
   Bibliography: p. 100-105.

Tyson, Neil deGrasse. Space chronicles: facing the ultimate frontier. Edited by Avis Lang. New York, W. W. Norton, c2012. 364 p.
   TL789.8.U5T97 2012



Beyond the International Space Station: the future of human spaceflight; proceedings of an international symposium, 4-7 June 2002, Strasbourg, France. Edited by M. Rycroft. Dordrecht, Boston, Kluwer Academic Publishers, c2002. 322 p. (Space studies, v. 7)
   TL873.B48 2002

Brake, Mark. Alien life imagined: communicating the science and culture of astrobiology. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, c2013. 276 p.
   TL788.7.B73 2013
   Includes bibliographical references

History of rocketry and astronautics: proceedings of the Thirtieth History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics: Beijing, China, 1996. San Diego, CA, published for the American Astronautical Society by Univelt, Incorporated, c2003. 358 p. (AAS history series, v. 25) (IAA history symposia, v. 16)
   TL781.H57 2003
   Includes bibliographical references.

Miller, Ron. Seven wonders of asteroids, comets, and meteors. Minneapolis, Twenty-First Century Books, c2011. 80 p.
   QB651.M553 2011
   Bibliography: p. 75-77.

Rusch, Elizabeth. The mighty Mars rovers: the incredible adventures of Spirit and Opportunity. Boston, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, c2012. 79 p.
   QB641.R87 2012
   Bibliography: p. 76.

Sasselov, Dimitar D. The life of super-Earths: how the hunt for alien worlds and artificial cells will revolutionize life on our planet. New York, Basic Books, c2012. 202 p.
   QH326.S27 2012
   Includes bibliographical references.

Scagell, Robin. Night sky atlas. New York, DK Pub., 2004. 96 p.
   QB63.S367 2004

Stott, Carole. Space exploration. Rev. ed. New York, DK Pub., 2004. 72 p.
   TL793.S8 2004

Waxman, Laura Hamilton. Exploring the International Space Station. Minneapolis, Lerner Publications, c2012. 40 p.
   TL797.15.W39 2012
   Bibliography: p. 39.



Angelo, Joseph A. The Facts on File dictionary of space technology. Rev. ed. New York, Checkmark Books, c2004. 474 p.
   TL788.A53 2004 <SciRR Dict>
   Rev. ed. of Dictionary of space technology. 1982

Bakich, Michael E. The Cambridge encyclopedia of amateur astronomy. Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2003. 342 p.
   QB64.B36 2003 <SciRR>
   Includes bibliographical references.

Bakich, Michael E. The Cambridge planetary handbook. Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2000. 336 p.
   QB601.B36 2000
   Bibliography: p. 334.

Educators guide to free science materials. Randolph, WI, Educators Progress Service, 1960-.
   Q181.A1E3 <SciRR Desk>
   Latest ed. in Science Reading Room.

Encyclopedia of space science & technology. Hans Mark, editor. New York, Wiley, c2003. 2 v.
   QB497.E53 2003 <SciRR>
   Includes bibliographical references.

Goodman, Susan E. How do you burp in space? and other tips every space tourist needs to know. New York, Bloomsbury Pub., 2013. 71 p.
   TL973.G645 2013 OVERFLOWA5S
   Bibliography: p. 64-68.

Green, Jane A. Astronomy manual: the practical guide to the night sky. Sparkford, Newbury Park, CA, c2010. 201 p.
   QB44.3.G73 2010
   Bibliography: p. 188-189.

Lisle, Jason. The stargazer's guide to the night sky. Green Forest, AR, Master Books, c2012. 240 p.
   QB63.L57 2012

National Geographic encyclopedia of space. Compiled by Linda K. Glover and others. Washington, National Geographic, c2005. 400 p.
   TL787.5.N38 2005 <SciRR>
   Bibliography: p. 385.
   Contents: Deep space, compiled by Andrea Gianopoulos. -- Our solar system, compiled by Patricia S. Daniels. -- Reaching & maneuvering in space, compiled by Patricia S. Daniels & Linda K. Glover. -- Human spaceflight, compiled by Andrew Chaikin. -- Earth science & commerce from space, compiled by Jonathan T. Malay. -- Military & intelligence uses of space, compiled by Linda K. Glover.

North, Gerald. Observing the solar system: the modern astronomer's guide. Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, c2012. 489 p.
   QB44.3.N678 2012

Scagell, Robin, and David Frydman. Stargazing with binoculars. 3rd ed. Buffalo, NY, Firefly Books, c2012. 208 p.
   QB63.S366 2012

Stine, G. Harry. Handbook of model rocketry. 6th ed. New York, J. Wiley, c1994. 349 p.
   TL844.S77 1994 <SciRR>
   Bibliography: p. 312.

Todd, Deborah, and Joseph A. Angelo. A to Z of scientists in space and astronomy. New York, Facts on File, c2005. 322 p.
   QB35.T63 2005 <SciRR>
   Bibliography: p. 299-304.



Bibliographies and Project Indexes

Aerospace medicine and biology. Washington, Scientific and Technical Information Branch, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Springfield, VA, available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 1964-2000. (NASA SP, 7011)
    A selection of annotated references to unclassified reports and journal articles that were introduced into the NASA scientific and technical information system and announced in Scientific and technical aerospace reports (STAR) and International aerospace abstracts (IAA).
    Available online through NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) at

Air and space history: an annotated bibliography. Edited by Dominick A. Pisano and Cathleen S. Lewis. New York, Garland Pub., 1988. 571 p. (Garland reference library of the humanities, vol. 834)
    Z5060.A44 1988 <MRR Alc>

Large space structures & systems in the space station era: a bibliography with indexes. Washington, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Management, Scientific and Technical Information Division, 1990-1993. 5 v. (NASA SP, 7085)

Looney, John J. Bibliography of space books and articles from non-aerospace journals, 1957-1977. Washington, History Office, NASA Headquarters, 1979. 243 p.
    Z5065.U5L66 <SciRR>

Mitchell, Frank G. 25 years of progress: a bibliography of research materials and references in the field of aviation/aerospace education, 1963-1988. Wichita, KS, F.G. Mitchell,1989. 354 p.
    Z5064.S89M57 1989

Rhatigan, Joe, and Rain Newcomb. Prize-winning science fair projects for curious kids. New York, Lark Books, 2004. 112 p.
    Q182.3.R49 2004

Rosner, Marc Alan. Science fair success using the Internet, revised and updated. Rev. and updated ed. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2006. 112 p.
    Q182.3.R68 2006
    Includes bibliographical references.

Science fair project index, 1985-1989. Edited by Cynthia Bishop and others. Metuchen, NJ, Scarecrow Press, 1992. 555 p.
    Q182.3.S34 1975 Suppl. 3 <SciRR>
    Bibliography: p. 548-555.
    Indexes science fair projects and experiments in books published from 1985 to 1989.

Space exploration reference library. Cumulative index. Sarah Hermsen, index coordinator. Detroit, UXL, Thomson Gale, c2005. 42 p.
    Z5061.S63 2005
    A cumulation of the indexes from Space exploration. Almanac; Space exploration. Biographies; and Space exploration. Primary sources; grade level 5-12.

Space station systems. Supplement. Compiled by Technical Library Branch and edited by Space Systems Division, NASA Langley Research Center. Washington, Scientific and Technical Information Branch, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1986-1990. 10 v. (NASA SP, 7056)

Sykes, Margaret W. A selected bibliography on manned orbital space stations. King of Prussia, PA, Space Sciences Laboratory, Missile and Space Division, General Electric, 1963. 42 p.

Technology for large space systems. Supplement. Washington, Scientific and Technical Information Branch, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1979-1990. 22 v. (NASA SP, 7046)
    Z5064.S8U54 1979 Suppl
    Available online through NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) at

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Scientific and Technical Information Branch. Technology for large space systems: a special bibliography with indexes. Washington, Scientific and Technical Information Branch, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Springfield, VA, available from National Technical Information Service, 1979. 76, [78] p. (NASA SP, 7046)
    Z5064.S8U54 1979

Video Material--Not available in the collections of the Library of Congress.
A number of organizations produce space related DVDs and video cassettes for students. The list below is not comprehensive, but represents the variety of material available.

All about stars. Space Science for Children Series. DVD or Video Cassette. Schlessinger Media, 2003.
   Suitable for children in grades K-4. Teacher's guide with bibliographic sources is downloadable.
   Other titles in series include All about the earth; All about the sun; All about the moon; and All about the planets.

Astronomy. Space Science in Action Series. DVD or Video Cassette. Schlessinger Media, 2006.
   Suitable for children in grades 5-8. Teacher's guide included.
   Other titles in series include Earth; Earth's atmosphere; Moon; Planets & the Solar system; Space exploration; Stars; Sun; and Universe.

Outer space. Bill Nye the Science Guy Complete Series. Video Cassette. Disney Educational Productions, 2003.
   Suitable for Junior and Senior High.

Space exploration. Bill Nye the Science Guy Complete Series. Video Cassette. Disney Educational Productions, 1997.
   Suitable for all grade levels.

Voyage to the planets and beyond. DVD. Warner Home Video, 2004.
   Grades 6 to adult.

Welcome to Mars. NOVA: Space DVD Series. DVD. WGBH Video, 2005.
   Grades 7 to adult.
   Other titles in series include The Elegant universe; Mars: dead or alive; Dimming sun; and Voyage to the mystery moon.

When we left Earth: the NASA missions. DVD. Discovery Channel, 2008.



Abstracting and indexing services that index relevant journal articles and other literature on science projects in general are listed below. Space sciences material will be indexed under terms beginning ASTRONOMY, ASTRONAUTICS, SPACE, etc. The following indexes are available in most public and college libraries.

Applied Science & Technology Index (1913- )
   Z7913.I7 <SciRR> <MRR Alc> and Electronic Format

Current Index to Journals in Education (1969- )
   Z5813.C8 <MRR Alc> <N&CPR> and Electronic Format

Education Index (1929- )
   Z5813.E23<MRR Alc> <N&CPR> and Electronic Format

General Science Index (1978- )
   Z7401.G46 <SciRR> <N&CPR> and Electronic Format

Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900- )
   AI3.R48<BusRR> <N&CPR> and Electronic Format



Journals that often contain articles relevant to space science projects include the following:

Ad Astra
Aerospace America
Air & Space Smithsonian TL501.A55257
Astronomy QB1.A7998
Aviation Week & Space Technology TL501.A8
Chemical & Engineering News TP1.C35
The Physics Teacher QC30.P48
Popular Mechanics Magazine T1.P77
Popular Science AP2.P8
School Science Review Q1.S29
Science Activities Q181.A1S29
Science and Children LB1585.S34
Science News Q1.S76
Science Teacher Q181.S38
Scientific American
Sky & Telescope QB1.S536
Space News TL787.S6724
Spaceflight TL787.B725



Gianopoulos, Andrea. Blast off! Astronomy, v. 27, Jan. 1999: 84-88.

Leatherwood, G.B. Rockets for schools. Ad astra, v. 16, Apr./May/June 2004: 43.

MacDermott, Kevin. High flying chemistry. Chemical & engineering news, v. 79, Oct. 1, 2001: 104-109.
   TP1 .C35

Niederriter, Chuck, and Mario Belloni. Astrophotography on the cheap. Physics teacher, v. 50, Dec. 2012: 520-522.

Parker, Becky. Using the stars to inspire inner space. The Times educational supplement, no. 4552, Oct. 3, 2003: supp 7.

Rapp, Steve. Deep space inquiry. The Science teacher, v. 70, Nov. 2003: 46-50.

Tafreshi, Babak A. Tips for shooting great nightscapes. Sky & telescope, Nov. 2012: 71-75.



Selected materials available in the Science Reading Room pamphlet boxes include:

Bergman, Bob. Moon orbit oddities. Astronomy, v. 32, Dec. 2004: 16.

Cook, Bill. Killer Impact. Astronomy, v. 32, Dec. 2004: 38-43.

Desonie, Dana. The threat from space. Earth, v. 5, Aug. 1996: 24-31.

Ferguson, Henry. Hubble 2004 science year in review. Greenbelt, MD, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004. 71 p. (NASA Publication NP-2004-8-665-GSFC.)
   See for additional years.

Fraknoi, Andrew. The moon: a resource guide. Family ASTRO ver. 3.0, July 2002, c2002.

Gugliotta, Guy. Slowly but cheaply, a new way to the moon: Spacecraft tests usefulness of non-chemical propulsion. Washington post, Nov. 15, 2004: A10.

Hendrickson, Nancy. It’s a’s a’s a satellite. Astronomy, v. 26, July 1998: 90-93.
   See especially table “Tracking sats on the web,” p. 93.

Kerr, Richard A. A source found for Earth's commonest meteorites. Planetary science, v. 261, July 1993: 427.

Peterson, Joyce. SI, NASA and NSF team up to collect and study meteorites. Smithsonian Institution. Research reports, no. 87, winter 1997: 1-6.

Schilling, Govert. Planets discovered around other sunlike stars. Science, v. 273, July 26, 1996: 429.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Asteroids, comets, meteors, and near-Earth objects. Revised May 2009.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Space colonization: resources at the NASA HQ Library. Revised March 2010



Astronomical Society of the Pacific
390 Ashton Avenue
San Francisco, California 94112
Telephone: (415) 337-1100
An international non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to supporting astronomical research and to increasing public understanding and appreciation of astronomy. Its services include providing resources and tools to assist educators and disseminating the results of astronomical research to the astronomical community. Universe in the Classroom is an online journal for teachers.

Challenger Center for Space Science Education
1250 North Pitt Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Telephone: (888) 683-9740
A not-for-profit educational institution that works with educators, scientists, business leaders, and others to create hands-on learning experiences for students and teachers. Created in 1998, the Challenger Center’s Space Science Research department is home for practicing scientists and researchers engaged in active scholarly research.

Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
1100 North Plum Street
Hutchinson, Kansas 67501
Telephone: (800) 397-0330
Offers Discovery workshops for school children and a Future Astronaut Training Program in summer camp sessions for students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grades. Students from across the country and abroad are welcome to apply. All classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Houses a NASA Educators Resource Center

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue at 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560
Telephone: (202) 633-2214
Offers educators multiple space and aviation related resources including printable lesson plans for grades K-12, as well as online activities, lectures, and conferences.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The education offices of the NASA Centers participate in the planning and implementation of Agency-level education programs and lead the development of education programs that are unique to their Centers. NASA Field Centers are assigned as Educator Resource Centers for specific states. NASA Centers sponsor summer programs aimed at teachers and students. Only programs specific to space science are noted.

NASA Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, California 94035
Telephone: (650) 604-6274
The Jason Project teams scientists with middle-grade students for hands-on learning experiences about Earth and Mars. Students from 6th-12th grades develop space settlement designs and related materials in an annual NASA Space Settlement Design Contest.

NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
P.O. Box 273
Edwards, California 93523-0273
Telephone: (661) 276-3311
Provides support for students in annual robotics competitions.

NASA Glenn Research Center
21000 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44126
Telephone: (216) 433-2957
Provides support for students in annual robotics competitions.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Mail Code 130
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
Telephone: (301) 286-2000

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, California 91109
Telephone: (818) 354-4321
Sponsors the Dime-Dropping in a Microgravity Environment competition (URL: which allows teams of students to design and build a science experiment which will then be operated in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility. Provides support for students in annual robotics competitions.

NASA Johnson Space Flight Center
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058
Telephone: (281) 244-2100
Sponsors annual underwater robotics competition.

NASA Langley Research Center
100 NASA Road
Hampton, Virginia 23681-2199
Telephone: (757) 864-5800

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Huntsville, Alabama 35812
Telephone: (256) 961-0954
Sponsors robotic competitions and the Great Moonbuggy Race.

National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22201-3000
Telephone: (703) 243-7100
To address subjects of critical interest to science educators, the Association publishes a professional journal for each level of science teaching, a 52-page newspaper, NSTA Reports, and many other educational books and professional publications. Publications, books, posters, and other educational tools are available through the NSTA catalog and online.

National Space Society
1621 I Street NW
Suite 615
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 429-1600
An independent educational non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a space faring civilization. The Space Educator program provides resources for students and educators. Ad Astra is a print and online journal of the National Space Society.

The Planetary Society
65 North Catalina
Pasadena, California 91106
Telephone: (626) 793-5100
A non-profit organization which involves the world's public in space exploration through advocacy, projects, and education

Space Camp
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
U.S. Space Camp/Aviation Challenge
P.O. Box 070015
Huntsville, Alabama 35807-7015
Telephone: (800) 637-7223
Camps of varying duration for elementary and secondary students.

U.S. Space Foundation
Education Resource Center
310 14th Street
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906
Telephone: (719) 576-8000
Assists teachers in gaining more knowledge about space by providing in-service training and graduate courses.



THE INTERNET offers a growing number of sites useful for finding information on science fairs and science experiments. Most of the organizations listed in the previous section provide links to related sites from their web sites. In addition, it is also possible to use a search engine, such as Bing, Google or Yahoo to locate additional sites.

Interactive Activities

Google Sky
Allows users to view constellations, planets, galaxies and more in infrared, microwave, and visual light spectrums. It incorporates images from Hubble, Chandra, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Digitized Sky Survey.

Stellarium is a free, downloadable program that allows users to enter geographic information to see the night sky at particular locations. Images include stars, constellations, planets, satellites, nebulae and much more. Realistic atmospheric conditions (such as the glow of a sunset or city lights) can be added. The interface is available in multiple languages.

Zooniverse is a "citizen science" project that enlists amateur astronomers to participate in various projects. Many of the projects involve analysis of patterns such as images of galaxies or craters on the moon. The idea behind this project is that the human mind is more adept at seeing such patterns than a computer would be. The results from the projects are occasionally published, with the participating users mentioned as contributors.

Educational Resources

The Science Fair Home Page provides links for project ideas for space science from elementary grades through high school. The Books and Resources at the Learning Studio provide an extensive bibliography on science fairs.

Franklin Institute Online
Activities Page lists resources for space related activities for grades K-8.

Internet Public Library - Kidspace
Kidspace at the Internet Public Library offers extensive resources for science projects including links to expert advice.
The Space and Flight page for K-5 provides links to many other governmental and educational sites that have space related activities.

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
A series of lessons and activities for use by teachers of elementary, middle school and high school students. It includes a listing of web sites about space weather and the sun.

NASA Educational Materials Finder
A wide variety of NASA educational materials, video clips, and links to other NASA educational websites can be found using the NASA education materials finder website

NASA Kids’ Club
Resource for space related activities for kids and teachers.

NASA Wavelength
Online catalog of peer-reviewed NASA Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels.

Science Buddies
Provides space related project ideas, an ask an expert online bulletin board, and links to other resources.

Science News for Kids
The Science Fair Zone page provides links to ideas for space related projects for students ages 9-13.

Windows to the Universe
Windows to the Universe is a learning system concerning the earth and space sciences for use by the general public sponsored by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

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