Space exploration is an exciting and wide-ranging area. Getting into space (and back down) is hard, involving rockets and launch vehicles, satellites, spacecraft, re-entry systems, landers and rovers, robots, and orbital mechanics, not to mention hypothetical technologies like space elevators and artificial gravity. To survive and thrive in space, we must understand many additional issues such as human performance in space, the space economy, and the science of astronomical bodies.
The Planetary Society's citizen-funded mission, LightSail-1, will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy in 2016. It will test solar sails to propel low-cost "cube-sats," with technology that could open highways to the planets. STORY: http://goo.gl/7t
Explore interplanetary space travel with an experiment! This video investigates the gravity assist or slingshot maneuver and sheds light on how a gravity assist maneuver can help launch spacecraft deeper into space. Written instructions and an NGSS-aligned lesson plan are available on the Science Buddies website: https://www.sciencebuddies.org/teacher-resources/lesson-plans/cub_solar_lesson07_activity1#summary?from=YouTube.
Science Buddies also hosts a library of instructions for over 1,000…