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What website or activity can I do to get a better knowledge on space/engineering. I would love to do learn more about space and possibly engineering.

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Shailee’s Answer

Hi Cadence,

There are many ways to learn about the mysteries of space online. Some popular websites for learning about space include NASA's website (nasa.gov) and the European Space Agency's website (esa.int). Both of these sites provide a wealth of information on current space missions, as well as educational resources and activities.

The Internet provides many opportunities for those interested in pursuing engineering studies, with websites such as Khan Academy and Coursera offering a wide variety of courses in aerospace engineering. I personally love Coursera, it makes everything just to easy to understand. Additionally, edX also provides courses in this field.

There are many ways to learn about space and engineering, from websites and books to documentaries and educational videos. Popular channels like NASA TV, National Geographic, and Discovery channel have many programs about space and engineering.

You could also explore joining local organizations dedicated to astronomy and engineering. These clubs and societies often have events and activities that can help you learn more about these subjects.
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Tex’s Answer

My favorite is YouTube, Edx, and articles, especially .gov websites.
Thank you comment icon Hey Tex, do you have YouTube channels or article websites that you would recommend? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Joseph’s Answer

You've really got a great mindset in thinking about getting involved in extracurricular activities around your subject, that can really set you apart from the crowd!

There's lots of things you can do at home or in local groups and clubs, but a few good examples that come to mind:

Amateur astronomy is a good activity you can do from home, and although it can be quite an expensive hobby at the high-end kit level, you can make a great start with just the naked eye or a cheap pair of 10x50 binoculars. Apps like Google Sky Map and Stellarium are great to have a play with, and you can probably find local groups who can help you take the hobby further.

More on the engineering side, there's a lot you can do with engineering toys like Meccano or even Lego, especially with Lego Technic and combining it with a bit of computer programming with a MindStorms set if you can. You can also find a lot of science and engineering in hobbyist modelling, with flying model aircraft and model rocketry both being heavily linked with aerospace engineering, although you'll probably find you'll need to find a local group to get the most out of those hobbies.

Hobbyist electronics is another great area; I had an old Electronics Playground kit that was a big part of my growing up. These days those sort of sets are a rarity but you can get electronics starter sets with breadboards, and it's much easier to link to computers too with devices like Arduino and Raspberry Pi that you can play with.

As others have suggested, YouTube is a great resource for science videos; a few suggestions of mine would be Smarter Every Day, Scott Manley, Everyday Astronaut, some of Brady Haran's channels - especially Sixty Symbols and Deep Sky Videos.

There's also games you can play that can be quite instructive about space and engineering. An obvious example of Kerbal Space Program springs to mind, and I'm sure there's plenty of others that allow you to play around with engineering and spaceflight concepts in a simulated sandbox environment to get a bit of practical understanding of some of the concepts.
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