Learn about space exploration

Learn about space with spacekids

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We hope they will help with homework, or give budding astronauts an understanding of what it will be like when they are old enough to go into space! astronaut teacher
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the apollo 11 crew

The astronauts who walked on the moon

Only twelve astronauts have ever set foot on another world. Find out who those astronauts were, and why they made this incredible journey.

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the solar system

Explore the planets in our solar system

Find out about the solar system - the group of planets that circle around the sun. Read about the Earth and its neighbours here!

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Boeing lunar rover

Key events in Space Exploration

An illustrated timeline of the most important events in the history of space exploration, from the first fruit fly astronauts, up to the planned moon missions of 2020.

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space walking astronaut in space suit

Why does an astronaut wear a spacesuit?

This guide tells you all you need to know about space suits. Why are some white and some orange? How long does it take to put one on? Find out here!

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Lunar Module in flight

The machines that took men to the moon

Learn about the spacecraft NASA used to land men on the moon. Explore the mighty Saturn V moon rocket, the most powerful vehicle ever created!

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Valentina Tereshkova eating in space

What do astronauts eat in space?

What do astronauts eat when they are in space? How do they make and eat their meals and drinks when everything floats around in the space craft.

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NASA's Space shuttle

NASA's space shuttle

The Shuttle was the first reusable spacecraft, capable of handling many different missions, from exploration to spacestation construction. Explore the craft that has been NASA's workhorse for nearly 30 years.

Explore the shuttle in this spacekids guide

A Soviet Vostok rocket

The Russian space programme

The first satellite in space was from Russia. The first man and woman in space were both Russian too. Find out about the Russian space programme and its achievements.

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Neil Armstrong in Life magazine

What does it take to become an astronaut?

Ever wondered what it would take to become an astronaut? What sort of people are suitable for space travel, and what skills do they need?

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The X24 Lifting body

Extreme machines - the conquest of air and space

In the conquest of air and space, there have been many incredible aircraft and spacecraft invented that pushed the boundaries of flight- this page is a guide to a few of the most interesting and important.

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