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Educational Resources

LEGO MINDSTORMS and Space Exploration:

With its technological foundation the LEGO MINDSTORMS sets are the obvious tools from the LEGO portfolio for all who are engaged in space research activities, young and old!

There are many examples of how children, students and professional researchers have built models and prototypes with traditional LEGO elements and LEGO MINDSTORMS elements to simulate and emulate real space-exploring models, or have actively used LEGO and LEGO MINDSTORMS models for real space activities.

Below are links to some of the stories about these models and explorations:

2001 – Ultimate Building Competition - MINDSTORMS model goes to the ISS for tests with cosmonauts

2004 – Camera Calibration disc (CDs with mini-figures) on Mars Rovers

2008 – the H.A.L.E. High Altitude project together with the University of Nevada-Reno, Energizer, National Instruments – taking MINDSTORMS NXT models to near-space – 30 kms altitude

Additional links to LEGO MINDSTORMS resources from the community:

thenxtstep.blogspot.com – in English
nxtasy.org - in English
www.nxtprograms.com - building instructions - in English
ortop.org/NXT_Tutorial - intro and tutorial about LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT – in English
dienxteebene.blogspot.com - in German
mynxt.matthiaspaulscholz.eu - in German and English
mindstormsforum.de - in German
philohome.com - in English
robotikas.blogspot.com - en Espanõl – in Spanish
lejos-osek.sourceforge.net - in Japanese and Simplified Chinese
http://selene.cet.edu/?page=news&id=91 - in English

X PRIZE and Space Exploration:

Moon in Google Earth: http://earth.google.com/moon/
Google Lunar X PRIZE Tour for Moon in Google Earth: http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/lunar/featured-article/tour-the-moon-in-google-earth
Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams: http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/lunar/teams
Google Lunar X PRIZE Lesson Guides (elementary, middle, and high school): http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/lunar/education/learning-guides
One version of "Why the Moon?": http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/lunar/education/why-the-moon
Google Lunar X PRIZE online fun tools: http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/lunar/education/fun-stuff
Some Google Lunar X PRIZE educational videos: http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/lunar/education/videos-and-demonstrations
Google Lunar X PRIZE Twitter: http://twitter.com/glxp
Google Lunar X PRIZE Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/googlelunarxprize
Google Lunar X PRIZE Tumblr: http://flightplan.xprize.org/
Google Lunar X PRIZE blog: http://thelaunchpad.xprize.org
Google Lunar X PRIZE YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/googlelunarxprize
Other resources: http://www.googlelunarxprize.org/lunar/education/other-resources
The Lunar and Planetary Science Institute: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/
The NASA Lunar Science Institute: http://lunarscience.nasa.gov/
The Apollo Surface Journals: http://history.nasa.gov/alsj/frame.html
SMART-1 (European Lunar Mission): http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/SMART-1/index.html
Chang-e' 1 (Chinese Lunar Mission): 
Chandrayaan 1 (Indian Lunar Mission): http://www.chandrayaan-i.com/
Kaguya (Japanese Lunar Mission): http://www.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/selene/index_e.html