Explore the final frontier with multimedia space resource.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are empowered to look at the night sky and wonder what's beyond the world we live in.


Although the site itself doesn't show any violence, some of the previews located in the entertainment section do. One preview shows spaceships exploding and characters using laser guns. 

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Immediately upon the site opening, pop-ups appear for merchandise like T-shirts. Menus across the top and along the side also feature ads and offer items for sale. Plus, ads appear before some videos, and every article or quiz has some sort of advertisement.

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Privacy & safety

Users are allowed to post comments about the videos using Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail accounts. Chat is not moderated, and you should remind your kids not to share personal information online. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that is a website that provides the most current space-related information, videos, and images. It's a serious and vast resource for space stuff, which will appeal to budding astronauts, but it may be too dense for younger or not-so-interested kids. You can post comments about videos using Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail accounts, but note that chats aren't moderated, so the reliability of the content in the conversations vary. Comment debates can get heated -- for example, read the arguments about whether or not God created the universe.

What kids can learn



  • astronomy


Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • investigation

Engagement, Approach, Support


Kids will enjoy looking up topics that interest them, like stars or the search for alien life forms. However, activities on the site are limited to reading articles and watching video clips, so non-space buffs may not find it that fun.

Learning Approach

This detailed site lets kids go deep into space-related study; they can search for resources by topic or recent events, and it's all very detailed. Information is accurate and up to date, and kids can gain research skills. 

Support is short on resources to help kids struggling to understand its content; it's not especially kid-friendly and is only accessible to English-speaking users.

What kids can learn



  • astronomy


Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • investigation

Kids can learn about recent and historical events in space. Video clips will allow kids to see what's in tonight's sky with descriptions of constellations and deep-sky objects, or show them massive blasts off the sun that occurred just yesterday. Kids can view TV shows like The Black Hole that Made You Possible or do some research on the search for planets that host alien life by finding articles published in astrophysics journals. Kids also have access to actual images of galaxies, stars, and planets in a number of photo galleries. Although has the galactic goods, more kid-accessible content would be welcome.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

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What's it about?

SPACE.COM provides up-to-date news about all things space. It offers kids news articles, images, video clips, and streaming TV shows to help them learn about the universe surrounding the planet we live on. You can see what space-related topics are trending, or click one of the following menu bar topics: Tech, Spaceflight, Science & Astronomy, Search for Life, Skywatching, Entertainment, and Shop. Each topic contains a series of recent articles; for example, Entertainment hosts a variety of tidbits about space-related pop culture. This includes previews of space-themed films (Star Trek!), blurbs about famous people who plan to travel commercially to space, and video clips of astronauts dancing.

Is it any good?


Kids interested in the search for alien life, skywatching, and space exploration will like knowing what is happening in space today. News is organized by recent events and by topic so kids can quickly access what they're interested in. Parents will appreciate that all information is up to date and from reliable sources. However, kids who aren't already interested in space may have a hard time wading through the detailed information; although the site is well organized and contains solid information, it's not all that kid-friendly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their own night sky. Planning ahead will ensure a good skywatching experience, so make sure to check the weather. Ask your kids what they'll need to go stargazing (binoculars or a telescope, for example).

  • Ask your child what they would explore first if they could go into space. What types of technology would they need to make discoveries?

  • Talk to your kids about life on other planets. Do they believe aliens exist? Read an article on the subject together to see what NASA scientists think.

Website details

Topics:Science and nature
Pricing structure:Free

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