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February, 2008

International Space Station: An Interactive Reference Guide
Explore the world of the International Space Station.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This NASA site offers visitors the opportunity to explore the world of the International Space Station (ISS) and learn how the crew lives, how the station was built, and what its purpose is.
This site, like others from NASA, is visually stimulating, interesting and interactive. It is divided into three major sections that are linked at the bottom of the main page. Macromedia Flash Player is required.

This reference guide begins with a fascinating introduction featuring a docking animation and then moves to Expedition 18 Commander Mike Fincke explaining the various activities that make up the Stations mission. The bulk of the material is divided into three sections: How the Crew Lives, How It Works, ISS 360 Tour. How the Crew lives offers videos demonstrating how the crew eats, sleeps and exercises as well as a video of Commander Fincke explaining how they live in this space. How it Works offers information on how the Station is operated, how it was built and how it is supported. Included is also a link to .PDF files on various topics that can be downloaded. The 360 tour allows visitors to take a virtual tour of the Station and get an up-close look at the interior and exterior of the Station. Additionally, there is a music video with in-flight scenes of space scientists and their daily activities.


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