Astronomy

The Astrobiology Web: Life in Extreme Environments - Discover how scientists study the possibility of life on other planets by studying life in harsh environments on earth.
Cool Site: August 1997

Mars Pathfinder Current Rover Status - See the latest images, check out the newest data from the Mars Pathfinder.
Cool Site: August 1997

STS-86: Countdown to Mir - This is not an "official" NASA Web site -- it's managed by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. They were scheduled for launch on September 18, 1997.
Cool Site: June 1997

Comets Online - More than just info on Hale-Bopp, this site has plenty of information on comets, including a good selection of links to other comet sites.
Cool Site: May 1997

Maximov Online -The latest news on the troubled Mir Space Station. The site has online events, archives, and images.
Cool Site: May 1997

Black Holes and Neutron Stars -Learn about black holes and neutron stars in this simple and very focused page.
Cool Site: April 1997

GalacticSky Charts -You choose your latitude and this site provides a sky chart. There's a QuickTime VR page with a 360-degree view of the night sky. Also, check out the photo gallery while you're there.
Cool Site: February 1997

Other Worlds, Distant Suns -Learn all about the planets by taking a 3-D (VRML) tour. Even if your computer can't support VRML, they have some great astronomy links.
Cool Site: February 1997

The Comet's Tale-A self-guided module designed to acquaint individuals with facts about comets. Check out the build your own comet section. Graphically, this is one of the best-looking sites we' ve come across.
Cool Site: January 1997

Shuttle Launch Countdown Home Page -The countdown has begun. Actually, there is always a countdown for the next shuttle launch. This site contains live video feeds, mission information, and lots more.
Cool Site: December 1996

Lunar Eclipse -Check out photos from the October, 1996, lunar eclipse. There is also a very simple activity that helps explain the phenomenon.
Cool Site: October 1996

Earth and Universe -Graphically not the most engaging site, but does provide an excellent audio and visual presentation on the universe. The site focuses on stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Well worth the visit.
Cool Site: September 1996

North American Skies -This page contains information on stars, planets, eclipses, meteor showers, and other events visible in the sky. Times and locations of events are provided.
Cool Site: August 1996

Cassini:Voyage to Saturn -The countdown has begun! Well, ok there are still 476 days to launch (as of July 1st), but the Cassini mission to Saturn is still worth checking out. Why wait until 1997 when it's on everyone's hotlist?
Cool Site: July 1996

San Francisco State University Planet Search Project -Updated information on the search for extrasolar planets. This site includes information on two newly discovered planets!
Cool Site: May 1996

The Center for Mars Exploration -Plenty of information about the red planet including images, news and even software. The site also includes information on how to receive a free Viking 20th Anniversary Educational CD-ROM!
Cool Site: May 1996

The Virtual Sun -An informative tour about the sun. This site includes lots of fascinating images and MPEG movies. You can choose to take a tour in English or view it in Dutch.
Cool Site: April 1996

MIR Space Station Page -The Mir Space Station Page. Current Mir news and more.
Cool Site: April 1996

Comet Hyakutake public & press information page -The latest in comet information. This page includes some stunning images.
Cool Site: April 1996

Solar System Live -This site provides an interactive view of the solar system. You can set the time, date, viewpoint, and more. There is also a link to the "Earth Viewer" which shows the day and night regions of the earth.
Cool Site: February 1996

NASA K-12 Internet: Live from the Hubble Space Telescope -An opportunity for students in grades K-12 to participate in a project involving the Hubble Space Telescope. The site includes a chat area for teachers.
Cool Site: February 1996

Astronomy Picture of the Day -This excellent site gives you something new to look at every day. A must for astronomy enthusiasts.
Cool Site: January 1996

JPL Public Image Archive -A great collection of NASA images maintained by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Images of comets, planets, quasars and some extremely interesting images of our own planet. Nearly 100 gifs.
Cool Site: December 1995

Project Galileo: Bringing Jupiter to Earth -The Galileo probe arrived at Jupiter in December, 1995. This site is updated frequently with new photos. Visit the Galileo home page and learn more about this exciting event!
Cool Site: November 1995

The Space Educators' Handbook -An interesting site that uses science fiction to help teach about space technology and scientific laws. You can download the software version (Mac and Windows) of the Space Educators' Handbook. The site also includes a collection of Quicktime movies and other surprises.
Cool Site: November 1995

Principal Investigator Microgravity Services -Get data about the microgravity ("zero-g") conditions on-board the shuttle Orbiter and the Mir space station.
Cool Site: November 1995

Space Radar Images of Earth -Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) is a joint U.S.-German-Italian project that uses a highly sophisticated imaging radar to capture images of earth that are useful to scientists across a great range of disciplines.
Cool Site: October 1995

NASA K-12 Internet Initiative -Yet another interesting NASA site, this one is geared for K-12.
Cool Site: August 1995

Views of the Solar System -An educational tour of the solar system. It contains images and information about the sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteoroids found within the solar system.
Cool Site: August 1995

The Nine Planets -An in-depth look at the solar system. Text, pictures, sounds, and an occasional movie help tell the story.
Cool Site: July 1995

CEA Science Education Page -Visit the Center for Extreme Ultraviolet Astrophysics and check out their educational resources. A good site for teachers.
Cool Site: July 1995

HST Greatest Hits 1990-1995 Gallery -Spectacular images from space taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Cool Site: June 1995

Mars Multi-Scale Map -An interactive look at the Martian surface.
Cool Site: June 1996

Aurora Page -Get information about the "Northern Lights."
Cool Site: June 1996


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