Website review: Stargazers' delight

http://www.science.nasa.gov - This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-maintained website should be of immense interest to space-watchers. Its purpose is to update the public on exciting developments in NASA research and help the organisation's "scientists fulfil their outreach responsibilities

 
Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

http://www.science.nasa.gov

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-maintained website should be of immense interest to space-watchers. Its purpose is to update the public on exciting developments in NASA research and help the organisation's "scientists fulfil their outreach responsibilities".

On-site scientific content is segregated to suit "kids, teachers and adults". The home page features a prominent 'Picture of the day', usually a cool photo of a celestial body, shot by an orbiting astronaut. A comprehensive explanation informs the viewer, the name, location and particulars of the snapped target.

The Earth Science section reveals how looking down on Earth from miles above in the sky provides a unique vantage point for the analysis of global climate. The Beyond Rocketry section is truly futuristic in thought and content. It showcases research developments on spaceship design, rocket fuels and astronaut health. NASA focuses on such research to improve the endurance of the men and machines it sends out into space.

NASA's efforts for space travel have spin-offs for life on Earth as well. The site reveals that its scientists are currently developing "mind-boggling" aircraft designs by studying the flight movements of insects and birds.

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