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Home NASA Connections The Solar System and Beyond

The Solar System and Beyond

Grade Level K-4, 5-8, 9-12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Subject Matter Physical Science
Target Audience Students
Event Focus Imagine you have been selected as a modern-day Columbus who is to explore our Solar System and report on your findings. How would you use today's technology? What do you think you might find out? How would you entice others to explore your "new world?"
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What can you learn about objects in our solar system from watching the night sky, either with your own eyes or with a telescope? What do spacecraft tell us about worlds that are millions of miles away? This module will explore the solar system as seen from earth as well as from NASA space probes and telescopes. Students will be introduced to the different characteristics of the planets, to the history of our solar system, and to the variety of objects that orbit the sun. Emphasis is placed on the engineering challenges presented in obtaining data about objects with hostile environments that are moving through space at distances of millions of miles.
Instructional Objectives
  • 100% of the participants will know that the solar system includes all bodies revolving around the sun.
  • At least 75% of the participants will be able to explain why moons are not planets.
  • At least 75% of the participants will be able to give two reasons why probes are sent to planets before sending astronauts.
  • At least 70% of the participants will understand why Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet.

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The Solar System and Beyond VC
Written by: Neme Alperstein On: 02 Jun 2009
This should be part of any VC program hoping to teach space science to students as a powerful foundation.  THe material is accessible to younger students who need to understand the what, how and why of space exploration and the videoconference sparked our students' imaginations.  Now that the repairs of Hubble will allow us to see and learn far more about our solar system and beyond, this VC is a terrific beginning.

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