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This is an activity about light. Learners will calculate the peak emission wavelengths corresponding to objects at various temperatures, helping them understand, among other things, why the Sun appears yellow. This activity is part of "Ways of... (View More)

This is an activity about using radar to "see" an "unseen" surface. Learners will build a simulated planetary surface in a shoe box, which other students will blindly probe using dowels or other objects. Students will be simulating radar data... (View More)

This is an activity about Saturn's rings. Learners will will build simulated Saturnian rings and then shine a flashlight through them to understand how stars can be seen through Saturn's rings, even though the rings look solid from a distance.... (View More)

This is an activity about gravitational fields. Learners will use rolling BBs in a magnetic field, to understand the concept of a spacecraft trying to escape a planet’s gravitational field. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is an activity about energy. Learners will will use black and white construction paper and either a lamp or direct sunlight to learn that dark planetary surfaces absorb more light than bright planetary surfaces, making the darker surfaces... (View More)

This is an activity about energy. Learners will investigate the effect of distance from the Sun on planetary temperatures using energy from a lightbulb to simulate solar energy. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive, educational... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is a lesson about science as a human endeavor. Learners will use a diverse collection of profiles of people who work on the Cassini–Huygens mission to learn about science as a human endeavor and to reflect on their own career goals and... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a book about the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn. Learners may read about what is involved in sending a large spacecraft to the outer solar system. One chapter explains the mission, another the spacecraft. Other chapters tell about Saturn,... (View More)

Audience: High school

This activity is about landing on the Moon. Learners will design a spacecraft, choose a suitable lunar landing site, and present their ideas before the entire class using visual aides such as maps, diagrams, and 3-dimensional models. This activity... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, learners will construct a model of a lunar roving vehicle. This activity is in Unit 2 of the Exploring the Moon teachers guide, which is designed for use especially, but not exclusively, with the Lunar Sample Disk program.