Space Videos

Challenge of Unanswered Questions

15 min.; 7-12; Career Education, Social Studies, Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

Career opportunities in research.

Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science

8 programs - 60 min. each ; Teachers (K-6) ; Geology, Science, Space, Teacher Education ; Produced by: Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr for Astrophysics (2004); Annenberg/ CPB Channel

Earth and Space Science consists of eight one-hour video programs that provide in-class activities and homework explorations. Real-world examples, demonstrations, animations, still graphics, and interviews with scientists compose content segments that are intertwined with in-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand. Each program also features an elementary school teacher and his or her students exploring the topic using exemplary science curricula.

  • Earth's Solid Membrane: SoilSession 1. Earth's Solid Membrane: Soil - How does soil appear on a newly born, barren volcanic island? In this session, participants explore how soil is formed, its role in certain Earth processes, its composition and structure, and its place in the structure of the Earth.
  • Session 2. Every Rock Tells A Story - How can we use rocks to understand events in the Earth's past? In this session, participants explore the processes that form sedimentary rocks, learn how fossils are preserved, and are introduced to the theory of plate tectonics.
  • Session 3. Journey to the Earth's Interior - How do we know what the interior of the Earth is like if we've never been there? In this session, participants examine the internal structure of the Earth and learn how it is possible for entire continents to move across its surface.
  • Session 4. The Engine That Drives the Earth - What drives the movement of tectonic plates? In this session, participants learn how plates interact at plate margins, how volcanoes work, and the story of Hawaii 's formation.
  • Session 5. When Continents Collide - How is it possible that marine fossils are found on Mount Everest , the world's highest continental mountain? In this session, participants learn what happens when continents collide and how this process shapes the surface of the Earth.
  • Session 6. Restless Landscapes - If almost all mountains are formed the same way, why do they look so different? In this session, participants learn about the forces continually at work on the surface of the Earth that sculpt the ever-changing landscape.
  • Session 7. Our Nearest Neighbor: The Moon - Why is the Moon, our nearest neighbor in the solar system, so different from the Earth? In this session, participants explore the complex connections between the Earth and Moon, the origin of the Moon, and the roles played by gravity and collisions in the Earth-Moon system.
  • Session 8. Order out of Chaos: Our Solar System - Why do all the planets orbit the Sun in the same direction and why are the planets closest to the Sun so different from the gas giants farther out? In this session, participants gain a better understanding of the nature of the solar system by examining its formation.

History of Space Travel

13 programs - 30 min. each; 7-12; H istory, Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1983)

America's history of space flight from rocketry pioneer, Dr. Robert Goddard, through America's first reusable spaceship, the Space Shuttle, is depicted.

  1. Space Shuttle Overview 1980
  2. Before Saturn & America In Space
  3. Astronauts: United States Project Mercury
  4. Freedom 7
  5. Friendship 7, Pt. 1
  6. Friendship 7, Pt. 2
  7. Your Share In Space
  8. Legacy Of Gemini
  9. Debrief: Apollo 8
  10. Eagle H as Landed: The Flight Of Apollo 11
  11. Apollo 16: Nothing So H idden
  12. Four Rooms, Earth View
  13. Mission Of Apollo/Soyuz

Journey Through the Solar System

13 programs - 30 min. each; 7-12; Science, Social Studies, Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1989)

Journey Through The Solar System promotes a better understanding of our solar system through the new information provided by various space probes and a satellite view of the earth.

  1. Our Star, the Sun
  2. Mercury: Exploration of a Planet
  3. Veil of Venus
  4. Earth, the Planet
  5. Assignment: Shoot the Moon
  6. Moon & Man
  7. Fourth Planet: Mars
  8. Life on Mars
  9. Jupiter Odyssey
  10. Jupiter: A Clearer Picture
  11. Pioneer/Saturn Encounter
  12. Voyager 2/Saturn Encounter
  13. Uranus, Neptune, Pluto & Beyond

Landsat: A Satellite for All Seasons

6 programs - 16 min. each; 7-12; Geology, Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

  1. Remote Possibilities
  2. Land for People, Land for Bears
  3. Growing Concerns
  4. Fractured Look
  5. Pollution Solution
  6. Wet Look

Life in the Universe

13 programs - 30 min. each; 7-12; Science, Social Studies, Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

  1. Ingredients For Space Travel
  2. Between The Atom & The Star 8 Examination Of Life
  3. Zero-G & Space Suits
  4. Project Mercury
  5. Gemini Science
  6. Life On The Moon
  7. Our Laboratories In Space
  8. Examination Of Life
  9. Life Elsewhere
  10. Life On Three Planets Beyond Earth
  11. The Universe
  12. Possible Futures In Space
  13. Extraterrestrials

Manned Space Flight

10 programs - 30 min. each; 7-12; Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

  1. First Manned Gemini Mission
  2. World Was There
  3. MR-2 Launch
  4. Mission Of Apollo-Soyuz
  5. Time Of Apollo
  6. Apollo 10: To Sort Out The Unknowns
  7. Apollo 11: For All Mankind
  8. Apollo 14: Mission To Fra Mauro
  9. Apollo 15: In The Mountains Of The Moon
  10. Apollo 17: On The Shoulders Of Giants

Miracle Planet

6 programs - 60 min. each; 7-12; Geology, Science; Distributed by: Bull H N Information Systems, Inc. (1993)

The Miracle Planet explores the formation of the Earth and how it came to be "the jewel of the Universe." Viewers are taken to geological formations all over the world and shown, through visual simulation and photography, how continents are formed, how meteorites shaped our environment, and what the past can teach us about the future. Narrated by TV journalist Bill Kurtis.

  1. The Third Planet
  2. The Heat Within
  3. Life from the Sea
  4. Patterns in the Air
  5. Riddles of Sand and Ice
  6. The Home Planet

Resdiscovery Series

5 programs - 15 min. each; 7-12; Science, Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

  1. Flood Below
  2. Earthquake Below
  3. Pollution Below
  4. Tornado Below
  5. Hurricane Below

Space Works 18: Commitment to Challenge

30 min.; 7-12; Environment, Health, Space; Distributed by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1988)

Gives a brief overview of the Johnson Space Center including mission operations and planning, new scientific and technological developments, and educational programs. Includes a look at a "cool suit" used by a young boy with a rare physical condition, the ozone hole over Earth, and improvements in aircraft instrument arrangements.


6 programs - var. lengths; 7-12; Space; Produced by: National Aeronautics & Space Administration (1991)

  1. Cosmic Background: Explorer Cobe (13 min.)
  2. Space Telescope: An Observatory in Space (15 min.)
  3. Changing Universe (15 min.)
  4. Universe (28 min.)
  5. H EAO: The New Universe (20 min.)
  6. Who's Out There? (28 min.)

Windows on Mars

60 min.; K-12; Space; National Arts, Sciences & Technology Initiative (2000)

Windows On Mars is a first-of-its-kind video about the relationships of the arts and sciences as they apply to NASA's plans to establish a habitat on Mars in 2030. It provides teachers, students and others in both formal and informal learning environments with insights and thought-provoking questions and ideas for participation in the Mars Millennium Project. The video is specifically designed to enhance use of the Project Activity Guide, which has been provided in hard copy to more than 100,000 teachers and schools and electronically to a growing number of visitors to the Mars Millennium Project Web site,