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Use these educational video segments to inspire and engage students.

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Do-It-Yourself Podcasts

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Create your own podcast with NASA video and audio clips.

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NASA Student Ambassadors

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NASA has inducted more than 80 high-performing interns into a new virtual community.

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Stay connected with NASA's human exploration activities in and beyond low Earth orbit.

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Why We Explore

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Why Do We Explore?

From the time of our birth, humans have felt a primordial urge to explore -- to blaze new trails, map new lands, and answer profound questions about ourselves and our universe.

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    Research Laboratories Series

    Research laboratories at NASA are used in many ways to support missions and manned spaceflight. They assist with the design, testing, and development of current and future NASA programs. Some labs test the safety and efficiency of hardware and help determine flight procedures. Others serve as pre-flight training facilities or are used for ground-based analog studies, where test procedures and countermeasures are developed to better understand normal human response to spaceflight. Ultimately, the training and research performed in these labs support crew health and safety, providing numerous benefits that can be utilized on Earth.

    Students will understand how researchers use math and science in various NASA laboratories to address these challenges and provide invaluable data to many areas of space exploration.

Biology

Statistics

  • Integrated Medical Model

    The Integrated Medical Model

    The Integrated Medical Model (IMM), is a Monte Carlo simulation-based tool designed to quantify the probability of the medical risks and potential consequences that astronauts could experience during a mission.

  • Spacecraft Radar Tracking

    Spacecraft Radar Tracking

    In this activity, students will look at data from an uncalibrated radar and a calibrated radar and determine how statistically significant the error is between the two different data sets.

  • Predicting Metabolic Rates of Astronauts

    Predicting Metabolic Rates of Astronauts

    Students will analyze the data collected from a NASA experiment performed to develop a model that predicts metabolic rates of astronauts and use different approaches to estimate the metabolic rates and compare their estimates to NASA’s estimates.

  • Display Design: A Human Factor of Spaceflight

    Display Design: A Human Factor of Spaceflight

    Students will evaluate the data compiled from an astronaut response time experiment and perform a hypothesis test to determine whether there is a difference in the response times that would indicate one being preferred over the other.

  • Spacewalk Training

    Spacewalk Training

    The Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) allows astronauts an atmosphere resembling zero gravity (weightlessness) in order to train. Students will evaluate pressures experienced by astronauts and scuba divers who assist them while training in the NBL.

  • Maintaining Bone Mineral Density

    Maintaining Bone Mineral Density

    Students will analyze two different exercise countermeasures and construct null and alternative hypotheses to determine their relative effectiveness in maintaining bone mineral density.

Chemistry

  • Diving Down Deep

    Diving Down Deep (TI-Nspire™)

    Students will explore a method for adding air to a gas cylinder and determine the amount of gas needed by a diver during an astronaut training session at the NBL pool.

  • The Chemistry Involved in Bone Loss

    The Chemistry Involved in Bone Loss (TI-Nspire™)

    Students will learn about research from NASA's Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory and look at the reaction between sulfuric acid and Calcium carbonate, the chemical that makes up bones.

  • Dietary Impacts on Astronauts’ Bones

    Dietary Impacts on Astronauts’ Bones

    This activity will have students analyze the chemical reaction that occurs in bone and propose a possible avenue for astronauts to decrease bone mineral loss.

  • Generating Water in Space

    Generating Water in Space

    Aboard the International Space Station (ISS), a precise life support system generates water to be used by the crew members. In this activity students will analyze the reaction that takes place in this chemical process with hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

  • A Breath of Fresh Air

    A Breath of Fresh Air Lab Activity

    In this lab activity Students will learn about the electrolysis process that is used on the ISS to produce oxygen and will then perform their own electrolysis.

  • Oxygen Generator System

    Oxygen Generator System

    Students will learn about how the OGS produces breathable oxygen for the crew by converting wastewater from the ISS into oxygen and hydrogen through the process of electrolysis.

Physics

  • Training For a New Spacecraft – Center of Gravity

    Training For a New Spacecraft – Center of Gravity

    Students will use their knowledge of physics and center of gravity to evaluate a critical property that must be understood in order to simulate egress scenarios after capsule splashdown.

  • Training For a New Spacecraft – Moment of Inertia

    Training For a New Spacecraft – Moment of Inertia

    Students will use their knowledge of physics and moment of inertia to evaluate a critical property that must be understood in order to simulate egress scenarios after capsule splashdown.

  • Ionizing Radiation Exposure

    Ionizing Radiation Exposure

    Outside of the Earth’s protective atmosphere, the ISS is exposed to ionizing radiation and electromagnetic radiation. Students will analyze the radiation that could cause problems on the International Space Station.

Career Profiles

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    So You Want to Work for NASA...

    This resource page provides information about some of the careers NASA has to offer and the opportunities available for students.

Exploration Interactives