10 things to do at home in conjunction with NASA

February 07 2021 06:00 pm

NASA announces they have a new Internet and social media special, NASA at Home, to have adults and children engage with the agency’s research, discoveries and exploration from around the world and across the universe, according to their website.

NASA offers interesting projects and information for the whole family, including interesting videos, podcasts, E-books, virtual and augmented reality tours and more.

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NASA STEM Activities for Families

Launch rockets, build hovercraft, create a winning science project and more. These science, technology, engineering and math activities are fun for the whole family.  https://www.nasa.gov/stem-at-home-for-students-k-4.html


Build this NASA Moon phase calculator and the lunar phases will be at your fingertips. It’s just one free activity created by NASA to inspire and educate.

More Activities and Resources

› NASA Space Place
› Teachable Moments
› NASA Wavelength
 (searchable lesson database)
› JPL Education for Teachers
› JPL Education for Students

› NASA & PBS Kids: Mission Solar System
› All About the Moon

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Things to Watch

NASA’s new Perseverance rover, set to launch this summer, will land on Mars in 2021. The Mars in a Minute animated series that brings you up to speed on the Red Planet is just one of several NASA video products available on demand.

More NASA Video Channels

› NASA eClips
› NASA Space Place

› JPL Education

Free Range Exploration

Experience Earth and our solar system, the universe and the spacecraft exploring them in real-time, using real NASA data, with these free immersive apps for Mac, PC and mobile devices.

› NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System

Worlds Beyond Our Solar System

So far, NASA has discovered more than 4,000 exoplanets. Many of these planets beyond our own solar system are … weird. Super-Earths (bigger than Earth and smaller than Neptune) and hot Jupiters (gas giants that orbit really close to their stars) abound. You can visit some of these real worlds and see what conditions might be like, based on NASA’s science at our Exoplanet Travel Bureau. NASA has 360-degree visualizations of planet surfaces like one of the seven rocky worlds of the TRAPPIST-1 system and the lava-covered planet called 55 Cancri e. What would the view be from a potential moon of Kepler-16b? You’d have two shadows from the planet’s two suns! Viewable on desktop, mobile and optimized for viewers like Google cardboard. While you’re there, download the free travel posters.

› NASA Exoplanet Exploration

Listen and Read

Plenty of great NASA stories are available in NASA’s collections of podcasts and e-Books.

This Week’s Suggestions from NASA:

› Gravity Assist (Podcast)
› Houston, We Have a Podcast
› Earth at Night (e-Book)
› The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini (e-Book)

Do-It-Yourself Science

NASA’s citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and the public. Volunteers (citizen scientists like Katharina) have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries. Want to work on some real NASA science? Use the links below to get started. Many projects with can be done by anyone, anywhere, with just a cellphone or laptop.

Citizen Science Projects You Can Do at Home

› NASA Citizen Scientist Homepage
› JunoCam
: Download raw pictures from Jupiter and use them to create your own imagery.
› Snapshot Wisconsin: Track wildlife by classifying images captured on trail cameras
› Stardust@Home: Look for interstellar particles in aerogel from the Stardust sample return mission
› Globe Observer: Make environmental observations that compliment NASA satellite data.
› Backyard Worlds: Search beyond Neptune for new brown dwarfs stars planets
› Landslide Reporter: Find landslides online and submit them to a NASA database
› Floating Forests: Help study kelp forests in oceans
› Penguin Populations: Help understand and model present and future penguin populations
› Sungrazer Project: Discover a comet as it dives toward the Sun
› Cosmic: Help train a computer to think like a scientist for future Mars missions

Close to Home: NASA in the 50 States

Did you know that all 50 states are helping NASA explore space? Find out how your state and others contribute to space exploration and then test your knowledge with these three questions:

  1. Which state has the most NASA centers?
  2. Which three states fall in the path of totality for both the 2017 and 2024 total solar eclipses?
  3. Which state would be a good place to spot the aurora borealis (also known as northern lights)?

NASA in the 50 States

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