On January 31, 1958, America launched its first Earth satellite. Explorer-1, equipped with a cosmic-ray detector, made a tremendous, unexpected discovery- the presence of a belt of charged particles trapped in space by the Earth’s magnetic field.
Space science resources in Wavelength that use authentic data offer you a taste of what NASA does best – provide unique learning experiences for you to hone your science skills, using real space science data from some of the most technologically advanced space telescopes and space probes ever developed.
Here at NASA Wavelength, one of our priorities is to provide resources to accommodate learners of all kinds. We understand that many students have unique learning needs, and some students require specialized resources catering to their strengths. One collection that we are particularly proud of comes from the education and public outreach (E/PO) team for the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission.
Do you know your solar flares from your sunspots? How does solar energy actually work? Why is the Sun so important to life on Earth? Learn all about the Sun with Solar Week! This bi-annual celebration (in Spring and Fall) encourages students in grades 5-9 to explore the wonders of our nearest star. This week features daily games and activities, as well as curriculum for educators, to allow students to follow along for a week of solar study!