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View Resource International Space Station: Don Pettit Space Chronicles

This site from NASA’s Human Space Flight program contains the observations and reflections of ISS Science Officer Don Pettit while on board the International Space Station. The journal-style entries describe living and working in space, including the preparations for a space walk. The site also offers videos of Pettit’s Saturday Morning Science experiments.

View Resource Heaven's Above

This site provides you with all the information you need to observe satellites such as the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular events such as the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites as well as a wealth of other spaceflight and astronomical information. The site provides links to a plethora of different satellite tracking pages, information gathered from...

View Resource International Space Station: An Interactive Reference Guide

NASA can really put together a website, and the dramatic visual and audio introduction to their online interactive guide to the world of the International Space Station (ISS) is worth sitting back and watching in its entirety. After the introduction, visitors can listen to Commander Mike Fincke talk about the various scientific endeavors that are part of the Station's mission. The rest of the...

View Resource Orbital Elements

Coordinates for tracking the International Space Station and the Mir Space Station are available here from NASA's Johnson Space Center Flight Design and Dynamics Division. The Orbital Elements page offers real-time data for use in ground track plotting programs. The site cautions the data are for ground track plotting programs only and "should not be used for precise applications or analysis!"

View Resource Life in Space

In this video lecture, Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut, gives an account of her personal experiences on the space station Mir. Using models and film to illustrate key scientific concepts, she discusses the way the Third Law of Newton and convection apply to rockets, space flight, weightlessness and survival. Sharman explains how breathing, eating, using the toilet, and recycling were...

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