Bill Nye: How Not to Get Lost in Space

Can we use the stars to navigate if we're actually among them? Space-age scholars explore the precise planning that goes into long-distance exploratory missions using a video from THNKR's Why with Bill Nye! playlist. Bill Nye explains how the Juno probe found its way to Jupiter, as well as the dangers of miscalculation during deep space navigation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video to highlight the role of technology in space exploration
  • Take learning further by having learners calculate how far away from Jupiter's orbit the probe would be if it strayed off course by a kilometer when leaving Earth
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure the class is familiar with orbiting terminology and metric distance measurements 
Pros

  • The resource shows a graphic representation of how the probe navigates, making it easier for students to comprehend
  • Narrator includes historical information about the methods of navigation used by ships' captains, providing a means of comparison to the high-tech navigation methods of today
Cons

  • None
Common Core