NOVA Home Find out what's coming up on air Listing of previous NOVA Web sites NOVA's history Subscribe to the NOVA bulletin Lesson plans and more for teachers NOVA RSS feeds Tell us what you think Program transcripts Buy NOVA videos or DVDs Watch NOVA programs online Answers to frequently asked questions

Links & Books


Origins homepage

Links

NASA's Origins Program
origins.jpl.nasa.gov
This NASA site serves as the public gateway to all aspects of origins research, including the history of our universe and our Earth and the search for other habitable planets. Learn more about the latest research, missions, and experimental technology.


Origins Education Forum
origins.stsci.edu
The Space Telescope Science Institute, in association with NASA, offers this rich interactive site devoted to origins research. The site's articles and activities are especially geared towards teachers, students, and members of the general public looking for an online education in all things origins.


HubbleSite
hubblesite.org
At this Internet hub for the Hubble Space Telescope, check out the latest images from space or browse an extensive archive. Find out how Hubble works, read up on cutting-edge cosmological discoveries, and play interactive games.


SETI Institute
www.seti.org
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence's Web site offers a wealth of information on the organization's projects and conferences and the SETI Radio network, which has been the basis of SETI's search for alien life since it was founded in 1984.


The Planetary Society
planetary.org/
The Planetary Society is a nongovernmental organization for space advocacy. On its extensive Web site, access the latest headlines, research findings, and general information on large bodies within our solar system.


Universe Forum
cfa-www.harvard.edu/seuforum
Harvard University's Center for Astrophysics maintains this site, which is filled with interesting information on the structure and evolution of the universe. The site is designed to appeal to students, teachers, and a general audience.


Astronomy Picture of the Day
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Each day the Goddard Space Flight Center displays a different stunning image from space along with a brief caption by an astronomer. Check out a "brain crater" on Mars, the colorful clouds of Rho Ophiuchi interstellar cloud, and more.


Evolution
www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution
This companion Web site to PBS' 2001 miniseries examines the complex topic of evolution from a variety of angles and considers the effect of the idea of evolution on human society and culture. Visitors may watch clips from the film and participate in an array of topical online activities.


Planet 10
www.solarsystem.org.uk/planet10
Get onboard an online fly-through and explore the planets, comets, and asteroids of our solar system. Zoom in close on a particular planet or choose a different orbit view to see the whole system from afar. An interactive World Builder allows you to create your own planet with conditions right for life and evolution.



Books

Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic History
by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. New York: Norton, 2004.

Cosmic Company: The Search for Life in the Universe
by Seth Shostak. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
by Andrew H. Knoll. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2003.

Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe
by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee. New York: Copernicus Books, 2003.

Hubble Vision: Astronomy With the Hubble Space Telescope
by Carolyn Collins Petersen and John C. Brandt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire and Ice
by J. D. MacDougall. New York: Wiley, 1998.

The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe(s) Report
by Timothy Ferris. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.

Are We Alone? The Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life
by Paul Davies. New York: Basic Books, 1995.

A Short History of the Universe
by Joseph Silk. New York: W.H. Freeman & Co., 1994.

The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe
by Steven Weinberg. New York: Basic Books, 1993.

Back to top

Related NOVA Content

Runaway Universe
Astronomers grapple with some very big questions: what is the size and shape of the universe, and how will it end?

MARS Dead or Alive
NASA gambles on two rovers sent to determine if the red planet ever had conditions suitable for life.

Hunt for Alien Worlds
Astronomers discover planets beyond our solar system. But is there life on them?




Origins

Back to the Origins homepage for more articles, interviews, interactives, and slide shows.



Send Feedback Image Credits
   
NOVA Home Find out what's coming up on air Listing of previous NOVA Web sites NOVA's history Subscribe to the NOVA bulletin Lesson plans and more for teachers NOVA RSS feeds Tell us what you think Program transcripts Buy NOVA videos or DVDs Watch NOVA programs online Answers to frequently asked questions