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What happens when a comet gets too close to the Sun? Click here to find out!

See some animations from NASA's Mercury MESSENGER mission on the official MESSENGER website: Mercury MESSENGER animations.

Some of the sights seen by the space missions to Mars are just amazing, and NASA have turned them into animations based on what the space missions have seen. For example, in this simulation you can fly into the great Valles Marineris, the deepest canyon on Mars, which is over 4,000 kilometres long and up to ten kilometres deep – much, much bigger than the Grand Canyon!

Fly through Mars' great valley.

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is, right now, driving into a huge 800-metre wide crater called Victoria to explore it. Based on real observations made by Opportunity and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter high above Mars, this animation takes you flying high over the crater, before swooping down past Opportunity and into Victoria, rushing low over the sand dunes that lie in the crater floor: Victoria Crater.

You can also see dust devils racing across the Martian surface.

There is a great selection of video podcasts on the Hubble Space Telescope website. If you want to know how Hubble takes those amazing pictures and the stupendous discoveries that it makes, this podcast will tell you all you need to know: Hubble podcast.

NASA have some really cool videos on their website, including a stunning video showing what manned spaceflight to the Moon may be like in the future, and the blast-off of a space shuttle! You can check them out here: NASA videos.

You can also watch space shuttle and rocket launches live, as well as watch live footage of astronauts in space, on NASA's own TV channel, NASA TV.

Ever wondered how big the planets are compared to the stars? Watch this video and discover just how small we really are. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEheh1BH34Q

If you want to know what you would weigh on other worlds then visit the link below, type in your weight (in any unit stone, Kg, Lbs) hit calculate and find out what you would weight elsewhere in the universe.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/     

Have you ever wondered about the size of the things around us? Take a look this excellent website which shows you the sizes of lots of things from the microscopic level to the astronomical level!

http://www.htwins.net/scale2/          

The Solar System Song has some basic info and some interesting facts for the younger astronomers out there. Kids love this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ-qLUIj_A0     

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.   

www.stellarium.org        

Watch the last six exciting minutes of the LCROSS Probe heading towards the lunar crater Cabeus     

http://www.space.com/9771-moments-lcross-nasa-probes-hit-moon.html