How the US Launched Its First Satellite

Start to finish, the first satellite was an 84-day project. Follow the process in a video lesson presentation from the SciShow Space series. The narrator explains the decision-making process and structure of the satellite as well as the science that supports those decisions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils create a timeline of all the satellite launches in US history
  • Encourage learners to make sketches of the satellites for comparison
Classroom Considerations
  • Knowledge of rocket engineering is useful
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  • Highlights key points by including text within the video
  • Includes both a historical and modern viewpoint 
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