First Man In Space: In April 1957 the USSR launched its first artificial satellite Sputnik 1. 27 year old major Yuri Gagarin was selected, along with 19 other cosmonauts. But on 12th April 1960 Gagarin climbed into his Vostok 1 Space craft at the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan. His 38m tall Vostok was launched into a single orbit around the earth lasting for 1 hour 48 minutes at a height of 315 km.
Chris Hadfield shows us why it's uncomfortable to cry in space
A video tutorial featuring all the animals that have made it to space including 60 dogs, two monkeys, and a tortoise. Only a limited amount of animals have ever made it to space, but VideoJug have hand-selected this famous creatures for examination!
"George's Secret Key to the Universe", "George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt", & "George and the Big Bang" - all by Lucy & Stephen Hawking, Fictional stories containing a TON of facts about the universe, recommended for upper elementary.
The Tunguska event was an enormously powerful explosion that occurred near the Podkamennaya Tunguska River in what is now Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, at about 7:14 a.m. on June 30 1908. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunguska_Event
SOLAR VIEWS - - Views of the Solar System presents a multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets and asteroids. Discover the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, and a large image/video archive. - - An educational tour of the solar system offers images and information about the Sun, planets, moons and other elements of the solar system. The site is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, or German.