It is very dangerous to look directly at the Sun, even briefly. In this craft activity, you will create a safe viewer so you can look at the Sun without damaging your eyes.
Projects related to space, space exploration, solar system, astronomy, telescopes, NASA, Space Science Institute etc.
Students discover how scientists find planets and other astronomical bodies. They compare zones of habitability around different star types, discovering the zone of liquid water possibility around each star type and they explore how scientists use spectroscopy to learn about atmospheres on distant planets. Students will explain how scientists find distant planets and moons and how they determine whether those astronomical bodies could be habitable.
Students are introduced to the International Space Station (ISS) with information about its structure, operation and key experiments. The ISS itself is an experiment in international cooperation to explore the potential for humans to live in space. The space station features state-of-the-art science and engineering laboratories to conduct research in medicine, materials and fundamental science to benefit people on Earth as well as people who will live in space in the future.
Through discussion and two experiments, participants will explore how the maria that covers about 16% of the moon's surface was formed and the science behind moon craters. We will also discuss the different types of rock that have been discovered on the moon and how they differ from those found on Earth.
This interactive timeline from NASA journeys through the last century, detailing key discoveries, experiments, missions, and other events that brought robotic space exploration from science fiction to reality. ***Access to Teacher's Domain content now requires free login to PBS Learning Media.
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This unit begins by introducing students to the historical motivation for space exploration. They learn about the International Space Station, including current and futuristic ideas that engineers are designing to propel space research. Then they learn about the physical properties of the Moon, and think about what types of products engineers would need to design in order for humans to live on the Moon. Lastly, students learn some descriptive facts about asteroids, such as their sizes and how that relates to the potential danger of an asteroid colliding with the Earth.
This is an activity about asteroids. Learners will shape mashed potatoes into their own odd-shaped asteroids. They can then bake them in the oven to turn them (more or less) asteroid color, and eat them for dinner.
Play the Wild Weather Adventure game by NASA. Your weather research blimp will explore Earth and its weather. With luck, skill, and strategy, you will race other weather research blimps to be first to travel all the way around the world and win the game. You can play with your friends or by yourself with a computer opponent. For every player’s turn in the Wild Weather Adventure Game, the player must answer either a multiple choice or true or false question. Each question is rated as easy, medium, or hard. Players choose which level to answer.