I’ve been trawling the internet looking for some good videos to use in my PGCE science session next week. I want a good example of space shuttle or rocket launches to use as a scene setter – to give them an idea of something they could use with their pupils.

And I found this rather amazing HD video of the Shuttle Atlantis being launched, which is just beautiful:

I also found a few videos that include the countdown, including this one of Atlantis:

And also this one that puts you in the cockpit with the astronauts before and during launch:

I also found this video montage of high resolution photographs of Apollo 11 on the moon:

All of these videos could really help to put a space lesson in context – or be the spark for some creative writing based on what they have seen. What must it be like to be in that Shuttle as it takes off? How would it feel?