NASA has a new initiative for science enthusiasts to explore the universe without leaving home. NASA at Home is a collection of free online resources and activities for families and students.
This online hub includes content in six main sections.
In Virtual Tours and Apps, you’ll find multiple 360-degree virtual tours. For example, you can take an in-depth view of the Hubble Space Telescope or the International Space Station. Meanwhile, Exoplanet Travel Bureau is a series of visualizations of the surfaces of other planets and stars.
Featured E-Books and Videos are available on a variety of different topics, including Astronomy, Planetary Exploration, Earth Science, History, and Human Space Flight. Additional educational options can be found in the Podcasts section, which includes the official podcast from the Johnson Space Center in Houston and What’s Up, a monthly video update from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that provides at-home astronomers with tips on finding the moon, planets, and stars in the night sky.
For Kids and Families includes a wide-range of STEM-influenced activities, such as crafting ideas, colouring pages, games, and quizzes, many of which have been broken down by grade level.
Finally, armchair scientists can download apps to assist NASA in data collection for several ongoing research projects – these are found in the Be a Scientist section
The NASA at Home initiative is also extending to real-time events, including a weekday Instagram Live storytime with astronaut Christina Koch, and videos that will air on the agency’s NASA Television channel.