Space Science

Amazing Space Online Explorations



Composite of two Hubble Space Telescope images of a global dust storm on Mars.

Astronomy & Space Discoveries

NSF’s public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more… a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.



Science & Nature: Space


Traveling to the stars has never been easier

To help you explore the far reaches of our universe, we have teamed up with astronomers at some of the largest observatories in the world to bring you a new view of the sky. Using Google Maps this tool provides an exciting way to browse and explore the universe. You can find the positions of the planets and constellations on the sky and even watching the birth of distant galaxies as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.

We are particularly excited about the ability to view the universe at different wavelengths, to see how it would look if our eyes worked in the x-rays or infrared. As you explore these new layers, play with the transparency to blend between the different wavelengths and see how different parts of the universe light up at different wavelengths



At the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), we’re working hard to study and explain the once-unimaginable celestial phenomena now made visible using Hubble’s cutting-edge technology. In the course of this exploration we will continue to share with you the grace and beauty of the universe, because the discoveries belong to all of us.

NASA Exploration

Moonbase Alpha

At the core of NASA’s future in space exploration is a return to the moon, where we will build a sustainable, long-term human presence.

International Space Station

NASA Space Explorers Program
Space Science Explorers Missions : Supporting Heliophysics, Physics, and Astronomy

The mission of the Explorers Program is to provide frequent flight opportunities for world-class scientific investigations from space utilizing innovative, streamlined and efficient management approaches within the heliophysics and astrophysics science areas.

The program seeks to enhance public awareness of, and appreciation for, space science and to incorporate educational and public outreach activities as integral parts of space science investigations.



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The Physics of the Universe

During the past two decades, scientists have made astonishing discoveries and raised profound questions about the contents and evolution of the universe. These new insights – derived from observation of exploding stars called supernovae, from analysis of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), from measurements of ghostly particles called neutrinos and examination of ultra-high-energy collisions of atomic nuclei, from wide-angle sky surveys, and from many other sources – are so revolutionary that they cannot be explained by traditional ideas and methods.

Welcome to the Space Exploration Web Site.  This site is a concise yet comprehensive overview of the immense and expanding field of space exploration.  Providing a combination of historical and functional information, this survey should unravel any mysteries that may impede your understanding of space exploration.  With this site, you should be able to find answers to a large array of questions, such as: who was the first man in space? What is the most powerful rocket? What makes a rocket scientist?  What was the purpose of the Galileo program? Are we alone in the universe?  Feel free to surf this site for your interests, and I am sure if you do not have any now, you will find some.  Now enjoy!

Space exploration is the use of astronomy and space technology to explore outer space.[1]Physical exploration of space is conducted both by human spaceflights and by robotic spacecraft. While the observation of objects in space, known as astronomy, predates reliable recorded history, it was the development of large liquid-fueled rocket engines during the early 20th century that allowed physical space exploration to become a reality. Common rationales for exploring space include advancing scientific research, uniting different nations, ensuring the future survival of humanity and developing military and strategic advantages against other countries.

Hubble Data Used to Look 10,000 Years into the Future
Space Telescope Science Institute

Other Space Sciences

Other Space Sciences

Other Physical Sciences

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Physical Sciences

From the Big Bang to the
End of the Universe
The Mysteries of Deep Space Timeline

It’s been a long, strange trip for this universe we call home. Follow its development and take a peek at what’s ahead with the interactive timeline above. Simply click on the text in the graphic timeline to learn more information about that event.

Windows to the Universe is a user-friendly learning system covering the Earth and Space sciences for use by the general public. Windows to the Universe has been in development since 1995. Our goal is to build an internet site that includes a rich array of documents, including images, movies, animations, and data sets, that explore the Earth and Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between science, exploration, and the human experience. Our site is appropriate for use in libraries, museums, schools, homes, and the workplace. Students and teachers may find the site especially helpful in their studying (and teaching!) Earth and Space sciences. Because we have users of all ages, the site is written in three reading levels approximating elementary, middle school and high school reading levels. These levels may be chosen by using the upper button bar of each page of the main site.


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