Tennis in Space

What does a tennis match look like in a microgravity environment? The installment of the STEM on Station series gives pupils a firsthand look at motion in that special environment. The compelling video shows how astronauts use momentum and inertia to their advantage while they compete in the first-ever tennis match in space.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate the video during a unit on Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Use vectors to describe the specific motion of the tennis ball at specific times and make calculations with video analysis
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider monitoring YouTube comments if making available for independent viewing
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Includes real footage from the International Space Station
  • Uses humor and a fun environment to add interest
Cons
  • None