How Computers Revolutionized Space Travel

The first space travel relied on Newton's laws of motion rather than computer functions. While the trip was successful, computer innovations change the capabilities of space travel. A video presentation from the SciShow Space series takes learners on a trip through time, highlighting the changes in computers and their impacts on space travel.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Create a timeline based on the facts mentioned in the lesson
  • Compare and contrast robotic and human missions
Classroom Considerations

  • An understanding of the history of space travel is helpful
Pros

  • Includes links to additional resources to continue researching the topic
  • Explains important background knowledge of the makeup of a computer
Cons

  • None