NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA.= http://www.nasa.gov/home/index.html

Their website is a "portal" to The Universe... :-)

and of course it is spectacular and education-friendly: a Teachers Section and a Students Section, News and Features, etc.

Go there ...and Go Everywhere...

I am old enough to have watched live tv coverage of the first manned space flight to the Moon and then the first astronaut to actually walk on the Moon and place the American Flag on the Moon... I grew up with NASA on live tv and watched the engineers from the NASA Houston Space Center command and control Apollo space flghts over the many years leading up to the recent unmanned space flight to Mars with the Mars Rover expeditionary scientific robotic vehicle, etc.

STEM Education was not yet in schools, but it was live on tv...in my livingroom...

NASA made Science Fiction Real Science.

Now this week I just received an email from an Astronomy Club friend with the following link to fantastic International Space Station (ISS) photographs taken by Astronaut Commander Douglas H. Wheelock, to share with all of us back here on Planet Earth, our "Home Planet"...

Incredible Pictures from ISS by NASA Astronaut Wheelock

On September 22, 2010, with the departure of the Expedition 23 crew, Colonel **Douglas H. Wheelock** assumed command of the International Space Station and the Expedition 25 crew. He is also known as **@Astro_Wheels** on twitter, where he has been tweeting pictures to his followers since he arrived at the space station. We thought that we should put some of them together as a tribute to him and the whole ISS crew. The images bring breathtaking views from our only off planet Vista point. The following pictures are all visible on Astro_Wheels' **twitpic account** and for these we are eternally grateful to him for sharing these with the world. The captions are all his own words. [29 Pictures]


**Click here: Incredible Pics from ISS by NASA astronaut Wheelock | triggerpit.com**

Allen February 9, 2011

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2. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

APOD = Astronomy Picture of the Day

Here is the APOD from the Day-before-Thanksgiving Holiday, Nova-Ember = Star & Fire 24, 2010...

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap101124.html

and this ain't Photoshop! This is real: this is our Sky Dancing for You...

3. NASA's "Kepler Mission" -- The Search for Habital Planets


http://kepler.nasa.gov/

and check out their Facebook Page also...

"Kepler's Apprentice" Alien Allen... (May 29, 2011)