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How Do Things Fall?
Young scholars study forces by examining the force of gravitational attraction. They observe how objects fall and measure the force of gravitational attraction upon objects. Students discover that, since gravitational constants are different for places other than Earth, engineers must especially take gravity and weight into consideration when they design spacecraft, and moon or planetary vehicles.
Modeling Solar Wind collection
Students complete a series of experiments to simulate the effect of solar winds on space stations. The first one, "Sticky Situation" requires students to simulate solar wind. Next they determine the composition of "space particles" by using UV sensitive beads, and lastly they simulate collecting space particles by removing safety pins from a bowl of beads while blindfolded.
Venus: A Global Greenhouse
Learners take temperature measurements in closed systems over time and record data to demonstrate "greenhouse warming," which is observed in greenhouses and in planetary atmospheres like those of Venus, Saturn's moon Titan, and possibly Earth's.
Craters are a Blast!
For this craters worksheet, students solve 3 problems including converting units of Joules into a number equivalent to a one-megaton nuclear bomb, finding the diameters of craters in a given picture and determining the energy needed to create the craters found in the given picture.
Kepler Spies Five New Planets
In this discovering new planets worksheet, learners read about how the Kepler spacecraft detects new planets by observing the dimming of light emitted by stars as the planets pass in front of them. Students solve 2 problems using a sequence of figures showing the transit of a planet and they construct a 'light curve'. They also explain how they would use the data to determine the width of the planet.
The STEREO Mission: Getting The Message Across
For this STEREO satellites worksheet, learners are given a chart with the intensity of the signals from the satellites received on Earth and the distances of the satellite from Earth. Students convert the intensity at each distance to power and solve 5 problems comparing the data at different distances.
Lakes of Methane on Titan
In this methane lakes worksheet, students read about the false-color synthetic radar map taken by the Cassini spacecraft indicating methane lakes on Titan. Students solve 4 problems about the surface area of the lakes from the image, and determine cubic kilometers of methane from the image. Finally, they compare the volume of Lake Tahoe to the volume of the methane lakes on Titan.
Having a Hot Time on Mars!
In this cosmic radiation on Mars worksheet, students study a radiation map of Mars taken by the MARIE instrument on the Odyssey spacecraft. Students answer 4 questions using the radiation map and they answer questions about the exposure to radiation if astronauts were to land on Mars.
The Earth and Moon to Scale
In this Earth and Moon worksheet, students find the ratio of the Earth's radius to the Moon's radius, they compare the diameter of the Earth and Moon, they create paper models to scale of the Earth and Moon and they compare Earth-Moon drawings to their scaled drawings.
Coronal Mass Ejections
In this coronal mass ejections instructional activity, students observe a time line of events that took place during a solar storm. Students use the time line to answer 3 questions about the solar storm and the time it took to reach Earth. Students determine how fast the storm traveled per hour and how long a trip to Pluto would take as an extra challenge.
Temple 1-Close-Up of a Comet!
In this comet worksheet, students solve 3 problems using a composite image of the Temple 1 comet. Students determine the scale image, the size of the nucleus of the comet and the height of a cliff on the comet.
Seeing Solar Storms in STEREO-II
In this solar storms worksheet, learners use a diagram given the location of two STEREO spacecraft satellites, a coronal mass ejection, the sun and the Earth to solve 2 problems about the coronal mass ejection. Students use segments, angles and trigonometric identities to determine the length of a segment in the diagram. They determine the length the coronal mass ejection traveled and the time it took to travel that length.
Pan's Highway-Saturn's Rings
In this Pan's highway worksheet, students read about the Cassini spacecraft that discovered how Pan clears out the ring debris in the outer A-ring system of Saturn. Students use an image taken by the satellite to find the scale of the image, they determine Pan's diameter, they find the width of the Encke Gap and they find the smallest feature in the photograph.
Can You Hear My Now?: Getting the Message Across
In this power transmittance worksheet, students read about sources that transmit power and are given a chart with the distance and the power transmitted by each device. Students determine the intensity in watts of the power for each transmitter.
Water on Planetary Surfaces
In this water on planetary surfaces instructional activity, students read about the Galileo spacecraft and the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. They read about the energy needed to keep the water in a liquid state on Europa. Students solve 4 problems including finding energy of electrical items in Joules and converting to Watts and determining the time it takes to melt a block of ice using a 2,000 watt hair dryer.
Let's Follow George!
In this writing in adventures worksheet, students sing the lyrics to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and then fill in 10 blanks with various adventures that George experienced. Students read the stories in 4 spacecrafts about monkeys and their traveling adventures.
Mission to Mars
Middle schoolers consider the affects of space travel on the human body. For this human physiology lesson, students compare how the 5 different body systems work on Earth and in Space. Middle schoolers then design a product that an astronaut could use as he/she traveled to Mars.
What a Character!
Students look at the role of characters in a story. In this character lesson, students discuss how different types of characters change the plot of the story. They see how storytellers use their body, face, and voice to tell stories.
People of the Cassini Team
Students use a diverse collection of profiles of people who work on the Cassini-Huygens mission to investigate about science as a human endeavor and to reflect on their own career goals and personal impressions of the mission.
Snow Goggles And Limiting Sunlight
Learners investigate the effects of light radiation on the human eyes. They construct a pair of snow goggles that are used to see how a filter can protect the eyes from radiation. Then students explain how the scientific method can be used to help solve different problems.