Grade 6

Web Field Trip

Space Shots

After reading Franklin R. Chang-Díaz, learn more about astronauts and space exploration at the following Web sites. After you've visited each site, print and fill out a Web Field Trip Log to show where you've been and what you've learned.

Click here for the Web Field Trip Log.

Johnson Space Center
The JSC, where Franklin Chang-Díaz trained to be an astronaut, is NASA's primary center for astronaut training, design and testing of spacecraft, human space-flight missions, and scientific experiments aboard space flights. Here you can learn what it takes to become an astronaut, explore a gallery of mission images, watch NASA television, and even search for life on Mars!

Kennedy Space Center
How fast does a shuttle travel? What is its altitude? Can kids apply for a place on the next shuttle? This site offers answers to those questions and many more, along with status reports on the latest shuttle mission, online countdowns, launch simulations, and shuttle photos and movies. There are detailed maps and descriptions of all the Kennedy Space Center facilities — if you've always wanted to know the dimensions of the Hypergolic Maintenance and Checkout Facility, look no further! You'll also learn why an alligator-removal crew is essential during shuttle landings.

Here you'll find space news, including status reports on current missions; real-time data on orbital tracking and sighting opportunities; a gallery of space images, audio, and video; space history; information on Mars exploration; introductions to space station and space shuttle crews; and more. You'll have to struggle to think up a question this site doesn't answer, but if you do, just click on Ask the Expert.