Celebrate the History of Space Flight
Today marks the 50 year anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's 108-minute, first human in space, orbit of the Earth on April 12, 1961. It's a big day in the history of space exploration and flight!
To join in the celebration, make a bit of "space" in your day for some space history!
- Make contact.
Students (or classes) interested in space studies can try and make contact with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). Our HAMing It Up with the Astronauts* project can help get them started.
- Explore liftoff.
Students can learn more about the power behind liftoff when they use an online NASA simulator to design an ion engine, part of a propulsion system which is replacing the standard chemical propulsion system.
- Think big.
Students can explore a range of astro-related science projects in the Science Buddies Project Ideas Directory.
- Look ahead.
- Tune in.
Don't miss First Orbit, a free hour-and-a-half YouTube video that weaves together original footage and new footage from the ISS to recreate, in real time, that first flight. Class popcorn party anyone?
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