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This homepage for a freshman astronomy class provides a detailed syllabus and clearly defined learning goals for students, not only about astronomy and the universe, but about how we make choices, as individuals and communities, in the face of risks. The page also features links to lecture topic "enhancers" in the form of text and graphics that augment in-class learning. Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14)
Resource type: Syllabus
Subject: Space science
 
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This tutorial contains animations that illustrate factors related to seasons on Earth. There are two sets of animations. The first set establishes viewpoints for observing the seasons and the second set studies the seasons on a planet with a 40-day year. In some of the animations, the user can control variables such as time. There is also a PDF file that features a learning guide about the Seasons ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Computer activity, Tutorial, Illustration - artistic
Subject: Space science
 
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This website features NASA and Arizona State University's Mars Education Program, which offers students the opportunity to be involved in authentic Mars research. Students and teachers are able to perform an in-depth analysis of a site on Mars using the THEMIS visible wavelength camera onboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. The website features everything that is necessary for teams of students in grades ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14)
Resource type: Project, Photograph, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Space science
 
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This site features Flash animations that illustrate phases of the moon, distances between planets, total, partial, and annular eclipses, and solar system formation that includes an example of the impact that created the moon. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Visualization - scientific
Subject: Space science
 
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This collection includes QuickTime, MPEG-1, and GIF animations and interactive images of Martian exploration and geology. These visualizations illustrate Mars' surface geology and historical and current water presence and display information from the Spirit, Opportunity, Pathfinder, and Sojourner rovers and landers. Many of the visualizations have long download times, but are well worth your patience. ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Video, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Space science
 
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This site features Flash, QuickTime, and GIF animations that illustrate the cause of seasons, how seasons impact the sun's apparent path across the Earth's sky, the subsolar point, and the circle of illumination. The animations can be paused and rewound to stress important points. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Space science
 
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This site provides a useful way to view and download image data from the Moon, Mars, Venus, Io, Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa. Users can click on a map to select the area of the image desired. The maps may be customized by selecting latitude and longitude, data type, projection type, and scale. The Mars portion of the site now has both a Viking and a MOLA data set. Other planetary data sets are also ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Glossary, Remotely sensed dataset
Subject: Physical geography, Space science
 
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The GeoWall project offers 3D scientific visualization tools to aid in the understanding of spatial relationships. The site provides details on the hardware specifications and software requirements for building and using projection systems which visualize the structure and dynamics of the Earth in stereo. The site also features various earth science data sets and links to web pages offering a number ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Computer activity, Visualization - scientific, Email lists
Subject: Geology, Space science
 
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Project CLEA (Contemporary Laboratory Experiences in Astronomy) develops laboratory exercises that illustrate modern astronomical techniques using digital data and color images. They are suitable for high school and college classes at all levels. Each laboratory exercise includes a dedicated computer program, a student manual, and a technical guide for the instructor. This website is designed primarily ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16)
Resource type: Computer activity, Lab activity, Assessment / Evaluation, Guide for instructor, Software
Subject: Physics, Space science
 
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This website presents an easily accessible data set of Mossbauer spectra of minerals. This data set was compiled from minerals collected from various sources here on Earth for comparison to minerals thought to exist on Mars. The site provides information about various types of spectroscopy, with an emphasis on Mossbauer spectroscopy. The website features data, tutorials, mineral descriptions, and ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Tutorial, Ref. material, In-situ dataset
Subject: Mineralogy or petrology, Space science
 
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