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To measure ozone in the Earth's atmosphere, NASA built the approximately 6-500-pound Aura satellite. The spacecraft carries four high-tech instruments that scan the globe from more than 700 kilometers above the planet. For students, there is an easy way to investigate ozone in their own...
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What is sea ice? It is simply frozen ocean water. Why is sea ice important? While it occurs mainly in polar regions, sea ice influences our global climate. Changing amounts of sea ice can affect ocean circulations, weather patterns, and temperatures around the world. Sea ice insulates the relatively...
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Is the ozone hole getting smaller? How much rain is in the cloud of a hurricane? How much sea ice is melting in the Arctic? For over 50 years, NASA scientists have been asking questions and collecting data from space-based satellites to study Earth's changing environment. Engineers and scientists...
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NASA’s Gravity and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is a mission to track the impact of climate change on the planet’s vast stores of freshwater, saltwater, and ice. A pair of satellites, GRACE effectively “weighs” Earth’s shifting water resources month by month to detect where water is...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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With just a few materials, building a paper model of the International Space Station (ISS) can become an excellent group, troop, or class project. This publication contains a brief overview of the ISS, its parts, the science that occurs on board, instructions, and extensions for an interdisciplinary...
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Published in 2017
NASA and the Challenger Learning Centers present Christa's Lost Lessons. Christa McAuliffe was chosen to be the first teacher in space. Due to the tragic space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, she did not film the science lessons in space as planned. Educators-turned-astronauts, Joe Acaba and...
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For accurate, kid-friendly information on planets, see NASA Space Place's page, How Do We Weigh Planets? Written for elementary and middle level audiences, the explanation covers topics such as How do scientists use gravitational pull as a scale?, Why do scientists usually discuss mass rather than...
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Published in 2017
"Are your students curious about our home planet? Check our the """"What is Earth?"""" features from NASA Knows! series for elementary (grades K-4) and middle level (grades 5-8, link at the bottom of the page) learners. Featuring illustrations and grade-appropriate text, the articles answer...
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Shooting star party, anyone? Use this article from NASA's Space Place as a starting point to teach elementary and middle level students about meteors ad meteor showers. In simple, straightforward language, the article explains what these space rocks are, how they form, and the best times of the year...
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Published in 2018
So you want to go to Mars? The International Space Station (ISS) is helping us get there. This short 1.18 minute video highlights several ways the ISS is helping NASA extend human presence into deep space.
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Published in 2018
Humans have used tools since our species arose hundreds of thousands of years ago. But our ability to send specialized tools, robotic spacecraft, into the heavens and leave our mark on the cosmos has spanned only the last 60 years. This book is a chronicle of our attempts to send these robotic...
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"The Beginner's Guide to Rockets (BGR) was created as web-based """"textbooks."""" The creation of this web site is a research project to explore the use of the personal computer and the Internet to present educational materials to students, teachers, and lifelong learners in a more interactive way...
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NASA Wavelength is your pathway into a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels -- from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. These resources, developed through funding of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), have undergone a peer-review...
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"These """"Teacher Toolkits"""" focus on research and activities related to the space station. Each month will feature a research theme or other topic related to the space station. Use lesson plans, videos, and related resources to bring the International Space Station into your classroom. More...
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This NASA podcast series engages middle and high school students, educators, and space other enthusiasts in the excitement of space exploration, science, and history. The six-part mini-series focuses on developments and innovations in space communications networks -- past and present -- that are...
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