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Are you an informal educator working on an "Astronomy in the News" presentation, a space science exhibit, a new planetarium show? This annotated list of links pulls together many of the widely-distributed NASA resources that may be helpful to you.
NASA Education Resource Directory
  This searchable directory is a convenient way to find NASA Space Science products for use in classrooms, science museums, planetariums and other settings. It includes lesson plans, images, web sites and other resources.
NASA Spacelink
  NASA Spacelink is one of NASA's electronic resources specifically developed for use by the educational community. Spacelink is a comprehensive electronic library that contains current information related to NASA's aeronautics and space research. Teachers, faculty, and students will find that Spacelink offers not only information about NASA programs and projects, but also teacher guides and pictures that can enhance classroom instruction.
  The NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE), established in cooperation with Lorain County Joint Vocational School, serves as the worldwide distribution center for NASA-produced multimedia materials. Through CORE's distribution network, the public has access to more than 200 videocassette, slide, and CD-ROM programs, chronicling NASA's state-of-the-art research and technology. Through the use of these curriculum supplement materials, teachers can provide their students with the latest in aerospace information.
NASA Space Science Images
  A list of image resources specifically for the planetarium community. Image sources are organized by astronomical object.
NASA Photo Gallery
  This Web page attempts to bring NASA's myriad still images collections to one location. Not necessarily current.
Animations from Hubble Space Telescope
A collection of QuickTime movies that have accompanied HST Press Releases.
Animations from Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Lots of animations depicting this space science mission and its discoveries.
Welcome to the "Public Connection"
The Rice Space Institute at Rice University has created an up-to-date, digital museum accessible to the general public, by constructing interactive displays of real-time earth and space science data, developed and tested at the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) and now available for museums, schools, and individuals around the country.
Recent Space Science News
  This site from NASA's Office of Space Science is updated weekly and highlights news about upcoming spacecraft launches, new mission selections, major scientific findings, etc. You can also subscribe to weekly email updates here.
NASA Solar System Exploration Launches and Events Calendar
  This overview calendar from Jet Propulsion Laboratory lists planned mission activities month by month, through 2010. The listed events link to the corresponding mission pages.
  A Web news magazine from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Email subscription available.
Index of NASA Space Science Missions
  Here is a list of the entire alphabet soup of NASA Space Science research missions, organized according to whether they are future, present, or past. Missions in development are listed in order of anticipated launch date.
Launch Schedule for NASA Missions
  This calendar includes anticipated launch dates for ALL NASA missions.
NASA Newsroom
  Archives of press releases, fact sheets, press kits, etc.
New Views of the Universe
  This exhibition is designed to immerse visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission. The exhibit is developed by SITES and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), which is operated for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The project's advisory committee includes science educators, former astronauts, planetarium directors, and Nobel prizewinning physicist.
Cosmic Questions: Our Place in Space and Time
  This 5000 square foot exhibit, developed by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, invites visitors of all ages to explore where we are in space and time, find out the latest on unsolved cosmic mysteries like black holes and extraterrestrial life, and discover what it's like to be an astronomer. Major funding for the exhibit was provided by NSF and NASA, and the tour is managed by ASTC.
Traveling Exhibitions / Schedules
  The ASTC Exhibition Clearinghouse provides 24-hour access to information about traveling exhibitions around the world. You can search by topic to find astronomy/space science exhibitions.
  Developed by the Space Science Institute with major funding from the NSF and NASA, this innovative 4500 square foot, hands-on traveling exhibition transport visitors to the surface of the Red Planet where they can explore and discover how amazing our planetary neighbor really is.
Space Weather Center
  The Space Weather Center is a travelling mini-exhibit that has been co-developed by the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado and NASA. It includes graphics, interactive dispays and near real-time data and is designed for planetaria and science centers.
NASA Exhibits
  Information on acquiring portable and pop-up exhibits from NASA centers.
NASA Artist and Gallery Link
  Space Art from NASA.
The Explorers Program
  The Explorers program is a collaboration between the NASA Education Division and Bishop Museum in
Hawaii. Several planetarium programs are available. Show kits for various size domes, from starlabs to large multi-media theaters are available.
Destination Mars
  Destination Mars is a planetarium show, available through Sky Scan, Inc., that has been co-produced by NASA Johnson Space Center. It describes a simulated manned mission to Mars in the year 2018. JSC has produced an activity packet that goes with the show.
Northern Lights
  NASA Sun-Earth Connection scientists are contibuting to a soon-to-be-released new volume of the successful series from Lawrence Hall of Science, Planetarium Activities for Student Success (PASS).
Journey to the Edge of Space and Time
  This show, produced by the Charles Hayden Planetarium, Boston, and the NASA-Smithsonian Education Forum, takes the audience on a journey to super massive black holes, giant galaxy clusters, the universe's earliest moments, and even to parallel universes that challenge the imagination. Distributed by SkySkan, Inc. (Click on "Show Packages" to get description of this show)
SpacePlace Partners
  Over 100 small museums, science centers, and planetariums across the nation have joined the SpacePlace network. This program out of NASA's New Millenium Program provides informal science educators with periodic "care packages" of space science education resources for young children--posters, lesson plans, activity ideas and more.
EXPLORE! Space Science Information Through Public Libraries
  This pilot program between the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Texas cultivates partnerships between the space science community and public libraries.
Passport to the Universe
  In the spring of 2001, Passport to Knowledge will broadcast two TV specials, Live from a Black Hole, and Live from the Edge of Space and Time (w.t.). The videos will be supported by a new Passport to the Universe website that will be a portal to the best of NASA and other resources, including dynamic and easy-to-implement hands-on activities for classrooms with all levels of technology, and the usual P2K online resources of biographies and field journals from participating scientists, and site tours.
Space Science Education and Public Outreach Support Network
  How can you find a real person to talk to about NASA's efforts to bring the universe to museums and planetariums? Contact one of the institutions that support the Office of Space Science Education and Public Outreach Program. "Brokers" can help you connect with scientists and space science education programs in your state or region. "Forums" can help you find resources related to particular space science and astronomy themes. You'll find contact names and numbers here.
Hubble Space Telescope Informal Science Coordinator
  The Space Science Telescope Institute is committed to assisting the museum and planetarium communities.
JPL Educational Affairs Office
  The Educational Affairs Office is a division within JPL's Office of Communications and Education. Primarily organized to serve both K-12 and higher education institutions, Educational Affairs is responsible for carrying out NASA's Strategic Education Plan.
NASA Speakers Bureau
  Here's how to request NASA speakers for special programs or events.
Speakers' Bureau at JPL
  JPL's Educational Affairs Office can help you arrange for a speaker.

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