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This is an activity about image resolution. Learners will recreate a solar image taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) using various sizes of building bricks, and discuss how their recreations relate to image resolution. Learners will also... (View More) compare SDO images to solar images from older spacecraft to see how improved technology helps scientists learn more about the Sun. (View Less)
This is a lithograph about NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, or MMS. Learners will cut out and assemble a colorful 3D model of an MMS spacecraft. Web links, additional facts, and QR codes are included for audiences to access more information.
This is a game about light curves that will test your ability to figure out things about an asteroid from just a graph of its brightness. Astronomers use telescopes to collect light curves - measurements of the brightness of distant asteroids over... (View More) time. It is part of the Killer Asteroids Web Site. The site also features a background overview of the differences between asteroids and comets, information on different types of asteroids (rubble piles vs monoliths), a discussion of how at risk Earth really is to an asteroid or comet impact, and background information on light curves. (View Less)
Students understand how satellites are placed in orbit by launching marbles into space, using two plastic rulers and clay. They describe the forces that determine the trajectory of flight. The resource is part of the teacher's guide accompanying the... (View More) video, NASA SCI Files: The Case of the Phenomenal Weather. Lesson objectives supported by the video, additional resources, teaching tips and an answer sheet are included in the teacher's guide. (View Less)
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) Saturn’s rings are actually composed of millions of orbiting particles, mostly grains of water ice. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive, educational CD-ROM from NASA's Cassini Program. The Cassini spacecraft is the first to explore the Saturn system of rings and moons from orbit. (View Less)