This page contains ideas, information, and materials for teaching and learning about space in Spanish.






- 1:22 video in which José Moreno Hernández, Mexican-American astronaut who was the son of migrant workers, gives a brief biographical sketch in Spanish



- 8-year-old and a 9-year-old boy from Mexico ask the Mexican-American NASA astronaut, José Moreno Hernández, a question about the sun. This video clip could be used to provide context for an assignment in which students generate their own questions.


Documentary video about Apollo 11's trip to the moon, narrated in Spanish by a native speaker with real footage, including a segment around 2:00 about the daily routines of the astronauts

- 4:16 video in Spanish explaining how astronauts take care of daily routines in space, including bathing, washing hair, sleeping, etc.


- 2:34 video showing daily activities of astronauts, including exercising, shaving, sleeping, and eating

- Images from the Hubble Telescope
- 20-second news clip announcing that the new observatory in Atacama, Chile (ALMA) is now functioning and will be used to explore new galaxies and black holes (in Spanish)

- Beautiful photos of the desert in Atacama, Chile, set to music of the Andes
- Photos show local cities, people, and culture of Atacama, Chile


ALMA - Una ventana hacia las estrellas en el desierto de Atacama - 1:57 news clip narrated by a female reporter about ALMA and the ways researchers will be working with locals

- View of the Milky Way from Atacama, Chile



- Documentary (9:59) about the possibility of extraterrestrial life on other planets narrated in Spanish by a male native speaker

- "News" report describing former astronaut Edgar Mitchell's (6th man to walk on the moon) claims that extraterrestrials have visited our planet

- 8:58 video in Spanish that suggests that one of the carvings found in Palenque may depict a Mayan "astronaut"


- Song designed to help students learn the names of the planets in Spanish
- Photos from the Laika project, set to Mecano's song Laika, with text in Spanish (text has an animal rights slant to it)


Additional Resources



- Cute song about the gifts from outer space the singer would like to give to their date


- Video makes the song comprehensible by illustrating each segment of the lyrics


Astronomía para niños y niñas - An astronomy site from Spain for kids - pretty text-heavy, but some good activities (see below)
  • Colorear Planetas - Very nice coloring pages appropriate for all grade levels from an astronomy site from Spain for kids
  • Haz un móvil - Part of an astronomy site from Spain for kids; this page contains color photos of the various planets that can be printed


HazComoElSol.jpeg - Short poem with an optimistic message