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This is a story about space exploration. Learners will read about missions to asteroids and comets, consider the measurements and math required for the robotic spacecraft to visit these objects, and are invited to finish the story themselves. The... (View More)

This is an activity about basic properties of the Sun. Learners will first identify what they already know about the sun. Then, a book is read out loud in class and students are asked to identify Sun-related vocabulary words. After the reading,... (View More)

Keywords: NSTA2013
Audience: Elementary school

This is an activity about the rotation of the Earth and its revolution around the Sun, as well as the rotation of the Moon and its revolution around the Earth. Outside, in chalk, learners will draw the Sun and Earth system complete with Earth's... (View More)

Keywords: NSTA2013
Audience: Elementary school

This is an activity about coronal mass ejections. Learners will calculate the velocity and acceleration of a coronal mass ejection, or CME, based on its position in a series of images from the Large-Angle Spectrometric Coronograph (LASCO) instrument... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about bar magnets and their invisible magnetic fields. Learners will experiment with magnets and a compass to detect and draw magnetic fields. This is Activity 1 of a larger resource, entitled Exploring the Sun. The NASA... (View More)

This is a companion DVD to the educators guide by the same name. It consists of a three-minute introduction, a 21-minute feature presentation, LRO/LCROSS segments to introduce the mission, and seven minutes of extra materials (includes AstroViz: Our... (View More)

Keywords: Careers

This is a lesson about discovering distant planets using an Earth-based observing technique called stellar occultation. Learners will explore how a stellar occultation occurs, how planetary atmospheres can be discovered, and how planetary diameters... (View More)

This is an activity about the different characteristics of the planets in our Solar System. Learners will use the Solar System Update program to complete a worksheet. The worksheet asks learners to identify multiple characteristics for each... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about defining characteristics or features of the planets and their moons. Learners will use the Solar System Update software to complete a worksheet asking them to find the planet and/or moon that matches each listed... (View More)

Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about utilizing proportional mathematics to determine the height of lunar features. Learners will use the length of shadows to calculate the height of some of the lunar features. This activity is Astronomy Activity 6 in a larger... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free