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Introduction:
The word astronaut is derived from the Greek word “space sailor”. However, the term itself refers to all who have been launched as crew members aboard NASA spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond. Since the commencement of the NASA human space flight program, NASA has continued to refer the term “astronaut” as a title for those who have been selected to join the NASA corps of astronauts and make sailing space their profession. To compliment the extraordinary career of an astronomer, We have carefully chosen the following websites to assist adults, children, and the general audience in their research of astronauts and their accomplishments.


Editor: Yareth Cortez
Date Read: 12/1/2008
Audience: Teens and Adults
Author: Unknown
Website: **http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronaut**


This website is by far the best from all the other web sites I have researched because it is one that has different kinds information on astronauts. It begins by describing what an astronaut is and it gives you a table of contents before scrolling down to the following information. Wikipedia gives information on the definition of an astronaut, terminology, space travel milestones, training: NASA candidacy requirements, Commander and Pilot, Mission Specialist, Mission, and Mission Specialist Educator. It also informs us on the insignia, (a badge or emblem that is given to the astronauts depending on what they have achieved) and the recent death of the eighteen astronauts during spaceflight, while exploring space. The most amazing thing about this web site is that it gives us a list of other links having to do with astronauts like the: Astronaut Hall of Fame, List of astronauts by name, Timeline of astronauts by nationality, List of human spaceflights, List of space travelers by name, List of space travelers by nationality, List of spacewalks and moonwalks, and much more. It is an informative and modern website that will be very helpful. =

Editor: Yareth Cortez
Date Read: 12/1/2008
Audience: Teens and Adults
Author: Brian Dunbar (NASA official)
Website: http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/

The NASA website for the search word "astronauts" leads the viewer to numerous links that have different stories and articles about the NASA astronauts. There are always great pictures at the beginning of each story/article (they are usually the astronaut's portrait) . The web site has profiles, features like: audio and video, journals, biographies, selection and training, and more. It also has a photo gallery, multimedia, and other related NASA sites. Like Wikipedia, the NASA website, has a lot of information, but in a very different format. In investigating this site I’ve learned many interesting things. What I didn’t know before was that there is a type of astronaut that holds the title of a Payload Specialist, and usually refers to individuals who are selected and trained by commercial or research organizations for flights of a specific payload on a space flight mission, which happens to be quite useful in present time. I encourage anyone who is slightly interested in the career of a space sailor to visit this site. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something new too.

Editor: Yareth Cortez
Date Read: 12/1/2008
Audience : Teens and Adults
Author: Marshall Brain
Website: http://people.howstuffworks.com/question534.htm

This website is informative for the people that are interested in becoming astronauts. It describes the three types of astronauts, the qualifications to become an astronaut, and the steps that follow after submitting an application. If you were to be chosen to be an astronaut, you would have to report to NASA's Johnson Space Center to training for the period of two years, where NASA trains and evaluates the soon-to-be astronauts. There are great benefits that come with the opportunity of becoming an astronaut. Even though the web site does not have pages and pages of astronaut information, it does have a few links throughout the article. I think that it is very interesting to know what the steps are to become an astronaut and it is good that there is a website that can tell you the basics. The website, overall, is modern and includes pictures as well. It was difficult to find who the author of this article was, but I eventually did after browsing a lot more. I went to the bottom left hand corner and found the author in the company info link.==
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Editor: Yareth Cortez
Date Read: 12/2/2008
Audience: Teens and Adults
Author: Jeananda Col
Website: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/explorers/space.shtml

Enchanted learning is a website that has the first astronauts that went into space. It has a short biography of each astronaut including: The first human in space, the first man that walked on the moon, the second man that walked on the moon, the first American, Canadian, in space, and more. There is also another link (right hand side of the title) called " Astronaut Records." This page shows more brief biographies of astronauts, some that are not even human. For example: The first animal and dog in space, the first monkeys in space, etc. This is a fun and very informative website that has information and facts on astronauts we have never heard of or even thought of. The website could also use a bit of modifying so it can look up-to-date and more modern. The only thing that was a bit hard to find was the author of the website. When you enter the page, you have to click on "copyright" (on the bottom left hand corner) and then go to the link where it asks if you want to know anything about the author of the Enchanted Learning websites.
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Editor: Yareth Cortez
Date Read: 12/2/2008
Audience: Children
Author: Unknown
Website: http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/

The European Space Agency has made a website especially for children. It is very colorful and can grab anybody's attention. It has brief news articles that fit children so they will not get bored easily, along with interesting topics like: "India starts to explore the Moon," "Carbon Hero may help save the Planet." It also has labs so the children can make spacecraft models, ATV models, etc. It has a fun link where there are games, art galleries, quizes, coloring books, etc. this website was especially made for children, but anyone can browse through and learn a lot of different things. The website is up-to-date and modern so children will want to browse the website without a doubt. The author was the hardest part to find, and there is no information whatsoever on the person or persons that composed this colorful and very informative website.

Editor: Yvette Gamon
Date Read: 5/10/2014
Audience: Children
Author: kids.net
Website: http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/sp/Space_disasters

Kids.net is a website for elementary students and teachers. It is very colorful and informative. It also has a tab for encyclopedia, dictionary and thesaurus. It is very easy to navigate. The information is about space disasters. The only thing that I would have liked to see is pictures and videos.


Editor: Yvette Gamon
Date Read:5/11/2014
Audience: Adults
Author: Elizabeth Howell
Website: http://www.space.com/25786-how-to-become-an-astronaut.html

This website is for teens and adults. It has information on how to become an astronaut in the United States and in other countries. The page is short but with all of the information necessary for students to understand all of the requirements of becoming an astronaut. The topics are very interesting and they show pictures and videos that will capture anybody's attention.


Editor: Yvette Gamon
Date Read: 5/11/2014
Audience:Teens and Adults
Author: Science Channel
Website: http://www.sciencechannel.com

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Of all the sites I found, this one is the best. It has videos of astronauts in training, bathroom in space and space food. This is the perfect site for students and adults who like pictures and videos and not a lot of reading. This site is very easy to navigate and clear about all of the information.


Editor: Yvette Gamon
Date Read: 5/12/2014
Audience: Adults
Author: Nasa
Website: http://science.nationalgeographic.com


This website is a picture gallery of astronauts in spacesuits walking on the moon. It has a short description at the bottom of each picture. It is very easy to navigate and clear to read. It is a good website for teachers so show in there classrooms because it will capture the students attention with all of the pictures and not a lot of reading.


Editor: Yvette Gamon
Date Read: 5/12/2014
Audience: Teen and Adults
Author: Getty Images
Website: http://www.discovery.com

Discovery.com is a website with a lot of pictures and a brief description of each picture. It is very fun and entertaining to look at all of the images. Good website to show in a classroom. It is very easy to navigate and information is legit and up to date.


Editor: Yvette Gamon
Date Read: 5/12/2014
Audience:Teens and adults
Author:Unknown
Website: http://www.rocketcityspacepioneers.com

The Rocketcityspacepioneers.com website is very easy to navigate and the information is accurate. The information is regarding astronauts and what hey eat in space. It is very informative and goes into detail regarding the different types of food that can and cannot be eaton in space.


Editor: Mollie Murillo
Date Read: 11/29/09
Audience: Children
Author: KidsKonnect.com
Website: http://www.kidskonnect.com

KidsKonnect.com is a bright and colorful website that has a whole page dedicated to astronaut links and fun facts about astronauts that reach the audience of children. Its fun facts section starts off with an elementary definition of the word astronaut and its origins, then follows through with easy to read facts like “As of October 4, 2007, a total of 463 people from 34 countries have traveled into space”. Further on the “Links” section follows, and holds over 50 links useful for young learners. In reviewing nearly all the links, I’ve found that most of them are of NASA large website, yet equally readable for children in the elementary audience, which I would believe is most important so that children can actually grasp the astronomical concepts of astronauts. What I found most entertaining was the “Space Station Photo Gallery” link, this page holds amazing pictures of astronomers and their day-to-day life on shuttle missions with interesting detailed captions next to them. Thought they show up small, you may click on them to make them larger. If this site doesn’t get children interested in Astronauts and Astronomy, I don’t know what will!
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