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Spacecraft (spaceship)

01 Jul 2016

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Science, Technology

Where can I find information about spacecraft?

LEVEL: Intermediate / Secondary

A spacecraft is a vehicle, or machine designed to travel in outer space. Spacecraft are used for a variety of purposes, including communications, earth observation, meterology, navigation, space colonization, planetary exploration, and trasportation of humans and cargo.

A great place to start looking for information about spacecraft is the HowStuffWorks website. HowStuffWorks is a good website for finding out how all sorts of things work. You will also find fabulous video footage, images and subject related information.

You can find information about spacecraft by:

This site also has useful information on Spaceflight which relates well to spacecraft

It's worth checking out what major news sites have on a topic too: CNN (American), BBC (United Kingdom), ABC News (Australian) and our own They will all have links to any current world news about spacecraft.

Another great website for questions about spacecraft is NASA. This site provides amazing information about international space stations, NASA TV, benefits of space travel for humans plus incredible images and video.

HOT TIP: We like sites that are from government or other reputable organisations, because we can trust the information. You can tell sometimes tell these sites by their web address - they might have .gov or edu in their address.

For more information, we can try the EPIC resources. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It's put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

For this question, you could try using Science in Context. Type in the keyword spacecraft in the search box to get information about the history of spacecraft, the ongoing debate: crewed vs. uncrewed flight, plus much more. You may also like to search using keywords such as space exploration to get additional information.

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

You might like to check out our ManyAnswers entry about Space Travel (history).

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