23 minutes

Grade Level


Age Range

5+ years


astronaut, biology, space



The exploration of space is the greatest endeavour humankind has ever undertaken. What does it take to be part of this incredible journey? What does it take to become an astronaut? "Astronaut," the latest immersive planetarium show created by the National Space Center, takes you from Earth into space... and beyond.

Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject 'Chad,' our test astronaut, to everything space has to throw at him.

Presented in stunning high-definition 360-degree full-dome video and explosive surround sound, "Astronaut" is an experience like nothing on Earth.

Teaching Guides

Suggested Reading List

Astronaut: Life Exploring Outer Space – Chris Hayhurst

Provides information about astronauts - explaining the background required to apply for an astronaut position and discussing training, life in space and the extreme risks involved in the job.


The Amazing International Space Station –

Shows what daily life is like aboard the International Space Station - explaining what astronauts eat, where they sleep, how they exercise and how they handle emergencies. It includes experiments, color photos and a chronology of space travel.

Bill Nye the Science Guy: Gravity

Have you ever wondered what holds the ocean on the Earth? Or what makes the Earth round? Perhaps you've thought about what holds humans to the ground? Host Bill Nye provides the explanation for these and other questions about the Earth's gravity. (DVD)


Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (DVD)

Hosted by physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, this 13-part television production presents the gambit of scientific concepts, introduces important scientific figures and discusses the physical history of our world as we know it.


Gravity – Matt Mullins

What gravity is and what it affects -- how we used to think about gravity -- gravity becomes clearer -- the big truth -- weightlessness hurts! -- Einstein explains space bends! -- gravity, light and stars -- true statistics.


Space – Nick Hunter

This book is an introduction to space travel and describes the exploration of Yuri Gagarin, Valentina Tereshkova, Neil Armstrong, "Buzz" Aldrin and Michael Collins.


Space Exploration – Carole Stott

This book describes rockets, exploratory vehicles and other technological aspects of space exploration, satellites, space stations and the life and work of astronauts.


Traveler’s Guide To the Planets (DVD)

Take off beyond Earth's boundaries for the ultimate tour of our solar system. From Mars' monstrous mountains to Saturn's glittering rings, the sights are out of this world. Each hour offers breathtaking tours of the planets using modern-day high-tech telescopes and stunning CGI.


The Universe (DVD)

This History Channel DVD takes you on a tour of space.