NASA astronaut Sunita Williams exercising on a treadmill aboard the International Space Station, 2012.

Life Sciences

Explore our learning resources related to life sciences.

Teach your students and kids about our life sciences with National Air and Space Museum resources, including interactive activities, blogs, videos, ISS Science classroom activities, episodes of our middle school webcast STEM in 30, and more.

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Experiments in Space

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams exercising on a treadmill aboard the International Space Station, 2012.

Scientist or Guinea Pig: Science In Space - STEM in 30

Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, STS-96 mission specialist, in the SpaceHab module aboard the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Discovery, 1999.

Learn How Experiments Are Conducted on the ISS - ISS Science

STS-130 EVA - International Space Station Cupola

“Taternauts” and Spacesuits: How Astronauts Stay Safe in Space - ISS Science

STS-96 Astronauts Adjust ISS Unity Hatch

Hear from the First Astronaut to Sequence DNA in Space (Kate Rubins)

737 Next Generation series airplane

Honeycomb in Aerospace

Jim Irwin Apollo 15 Salute

Get Your Hands Dirty With This Classroom Demo!



A gecko from the Smithsonian's National Zoo helped demonstrate this during "What's New in Aerospace" at the National Air and Space Museum.

How Geckos Helped JPL Make Some Really Cool Robotics

Boeing 367 Dash 80 Taking Off

How Honeycomb is Used in Aerospace


How Lizards and Cockroaches Inspire Space Technology


How Sticky-Fotted Lizards Inspire Space Technology


Spaceflight and the Human Body

Tom Jones with <i>2001 A Space Odyssey</i> on Space Shuttle <i>Atlantis</i>

Space Lingo: What Is "Puffy-Head Bird-Legs?" - ISS Science

Apollo 13 Astronauts

The Biology of Long-Term Spaceflight - STEM in 30

NASA astronaut Sunita Williams exercising on a treadmill aboard the International Space Station, 2012.

Why Do Astronauts Exercise At Least Two Hours a Day in Space? - ISS Science

This small body of water separates Spain from Morocco.

Astronaut Jack Fischer Finds Himself in Hot Water... Sort of

Image of a balloon landing in water against waves.

Learn About Rocket Launches Using Balloons - ISS Science

Measuring tape lined up against interior hole.

How Fast is the Speed of Light?


Try This at Home

Earth from Apollo 17

Call to Action : A Middle School Student's Guide to Keeping Earth Nice


Recycled Science: How to Make a Mason Bee House


How to Bee Helpful

Floods in Bangkok

Lightning Lesson: How Do Bugs Walk on Water?

An image of the ISS with a note scrawled on top.

Gardening Time With Astronaut Peggy Whitson

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands after its Final Flight

Discover how Friction works with Astronaut Paul Richards - ISS Science

How Things Fly Explainer Demonstrates Force of Flight

Karate and Air Pressure with Astronaut Michael Good: ISS Science

Two views of Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin

Lightning Lesson: Magic or Science? Learn How This Cool Coin Trick Works


Human Spaceflight

julius montgomery

Julius Montgomery: Space Program Pioneer

Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

Watch History Being Made

Signed Portrait of Sally Ride

Sally Ride

Mars Exploration Rover

Voyage to Mars

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