MS Interactives



Future spaceflight, Mission timeline, more…


BrainPop International Space Station

Eyes on the Earth 3D

Eyes on the Earth 3D

Fly alongside NASA satellites in 3D and learn what these satellites tell us about Earth.

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Rocket Vocabulary

Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to Rockets

Image of model rocket and link to RocketModeler

The Beginner’s Guide to Rockets will help you learn the basic math and physics that govern the design and flight of rockets. We’ll look at many different kinds of rockets, from stomp rockets, which are a special kind of artillery shell, to bottle rockets, to model rockets, to full scale

boosters. We’ll look at the similarities and the differences in these rockets and include some instructions for making and flying your own rockets.

At this Web site you can study how rockets operate at your own pace and to your own level of interest. There is a lot of mathematics at this web site, so we provide background pages on many mathematical topics. The flight of the rocket involves the interaction of forces, so we include background pages on the fundamentals of forces. Aerodynamics plays a major role in the flight of toy rockets and in the generation of thrust for full scale rockets, so there are background pages devoted to basicaerodynamics . There are also background pages on thermodynamics and gas dynamics because of the role they play in rocket propulsion. Since we will be sending rockets to the Moon and Mars , we provide some background information on these planets in addition to our home planet


Beginner’s Guide to Propulsion

Beginner’s Guide to Compressible Aerodynamics

Beginner’s Guide to Wind Tunnels

Beginner’s Guide to Aerodynamics

Beginner’s Guide to Kites

Beginner’s Guide to Aeronautics

Retrieved from:

Space missions

Galileo Cruises the Inner Jovian System

Wild and Weird Rockets…

Play Wild and Weird Rockets: Gila Monster

Play Space on the Brink

Space on the Brink

3-Stage Rocket



Challenging the Space Frontier

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Scholastics “Challenging the Space Frontier” online activity gives students an opportunity to learn about the historical impact of space exploration. A time line of space firsts helps students learn about initial efforts to explore worlds beyond our own. They can also find out about three spaceflights that changed the public perception of our world and the world beyond: John Glenn’s orbiting of Earth … Full description.

Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8)

Resource Type: Computer activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor, Lesson plan, Photograph, Ref. material

Subject: Space science, Technology

An astronaut in space

Space Exploration Time Line

Aries Rocket Launch

Space Travel

X-15 Interactive Icon

X-15: To the Edge of Space

Explore the men, machine and missions of the X-15 hypersonic research aircraft.

STS-128 shuttle missions

STS-128: Interactive Mission Timeline

The STS-128 crew will deliver logistics and supplies to the International Space Station.

Launch It!

Launch It!

Select astronauts, rockets and goals to see which historical mission you will launch.

› Launch It!

Discovery Channel feature When We Left Earth

Discovery Channel: When We Left Earth  →

Check out archival videos, share your thoughts, visit a virtual mission control and try your hand at docking an Apollo spacecraft or landing on the moon.

25th anniversary of STS-1, the first Space Shuttle flight

STS-1: The Boldest Test Flight in History

Relive the historic first flight of the space shuttle through video, a photo gallery, and downloads for your desktop

Image of jet engine

Beginner’s Guide to Aeronautics  →

These interactive presentations will guide you through the basics of flight, jet propulsion and rocketry.






  • Above the Skies – An interactive educational guide explaining how light, electromagnetic radiation, and spectroscopy are used in astrophysics.
  • Understanding The Universe – Discovery Channel School – Interactive educational tool featuring a virtual tour of the galaxy, biographies of famous astronomers, introduction to basic concepts and teacher tips.

You and your crew are about to blast off to Mars! What will you take on your long journey into space?

TOPEX for Kids

Find out how engineers use science

Heat Transfer

Heat Transfer
In this interactive activity adapted from the Wisconsin Online Resource Center, learn how heat can be transferred in one of three ways: conduction, convection, and radiation.

Anatomy of a Rover

Anatomy of a Rover
In this interactive activity from NOVA, learn about the sophisticated scientific instruments on two identical robotic rovers that have explored Mars — Spirit and Opportunity.

The Dome Challenge

The Dome Challenge
In this interactive activity from the Building Big Web site, think like an engineer and use your knowledge of dome design to match the right typ

Curriculum Middle School Interactives

e of dome to the right location in a fictitious city.

Projectile Motion

Projectile Motion
In this interactive simulation adapted from University of Colorado’s Physics Education Technology project, learn about projectile motion by firing various objects from a virtual cannon into the air. Experiment with the settings and try to hit a target.



Basics of Space Flight (JPL)


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