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NASA’s Office of Space Science has unveiled the Space Science Education Resource Directory, an internet on-ramp to top-quality educational resources produced by NASA’s Space Science Education and public outreach programs. The web-based directory provides access to space science resources for teachers and students from kindergarten through high school. “Sharing the wonders of our universe with educators and the public is the responsibility of every space science endeavor funded by NASA,” says Ed Weiler, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Science. This first release of the directory contains more than 100 electronic resources, including lesson plans, educator guides, student activities, web sites, and spectacular space science imagery such as auroras, comets, the birthplace of stars, and colliding galaxies. Educators, resource developers, and space scientists have worked together to design a system that is scientifically accurate and easy to use. Science educators can locate science lessons and activities for their classrooms by searching by keyword or browsing by subject, grade level, and topics that align with National Science Education Standards. According to developers, the directory will be updated continually with new top-quality resources. Future plans include providing access to printed materials, CD-ROMS, videos, and posters. The University of California at Berkeley, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the Space Telescope Science Institute developed the resource directory in close consultation with the U.S. Department of Education’s Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM). The resulting directory is compatible with national educational databases that are familiar to, and widely used by, teachers.