Teaching From Space

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Learn more about how you and your students can get involved in real space missions.

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NASA Office of Education

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Visit the NASA Education website. You'll discover a wealth of information including a list of current opportunities; education related feature stories; and contact information for project representatives.

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Microgravity in Action

Astronaut Frank Culbertson poses with MAMS hardware in the U.S. Laboratory during Expedition 3 on the International Space Station. (NASA)

How Do We Know It's Really Microgravity?

When you see astronauts floating around the International Space Station and hear they are in microgravity, what does that really mean?

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International Space Station

Microgravity Research Coming of Age

"Necessity is the mother of invention," so when humans decided to build a laboratory in space, it was only natural that innovation would follow.

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Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank works with hardware inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox aboard the International Space Station. (NASA)

Microgravity Science Glovebox Marks Anniversary

Marking the 10th anniversary of an achievement is a proud occasion. And when it's marked in space, some believe it's even more of an achievement.

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Angry Birds Space

What is Microgravity?

Angry Birds Space has provided NASA an opportunity to share a core concept of space exploration: gravity.

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Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Don Pettit

Astronaut Pettit Shared Passion for Science From Space

NASA astronaut Don Pettit used everyday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through "Science off the Sphere."

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One of the areas the International Space Station Benefits for Humanity website will highlight is Earth observations. (NASA)

A New Website Sharing Space Station Benefits

When the Space Station was first imagined, the idea was to create a research platform for the benefit of all humankind. That goal is now a reality.

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A photo collage of the space station, astronaut Suni Williams performing an experiment, and the NASA y Tu logo

NASA and You: International Space Station

The NASA and You educational website is in English and Spanish. Visit the site to find resources related to science and engineering on the station.

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Free Fall Ball Game

    A silhouette of boy holding a ball with the words Free Fall Ball

    Shooting hoops on Earth and shooting them in space require different techniques. Check out Free Fall Ball and see if you have the skills to play anywhere!

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Microgravity Platforms

    Ground-Based

    Drop Towers -- Before travelling to the International Space Station, many microgravity experiments are tested on Earth in one of NASA's drop towers.
    • 2.2 Second Drop Tower
    • 5.18 Second Drop Tower
    • WING and DIME -- Drop everything! NASA's competitions "What If No Gravity," or WING, and "Dropping In a Microgravity Environment," or DIME, challenge students to design and build an experiment that could be conducted in a NASA research drop tower.
    Reduced-Gravity Aircraft

    Special reduced-gravity aircraft fly roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of microgravity and hypergravity, ranging from zero g to 2 g's.
    • NASA Flight Opportunities Program -- The program develops and provides opportunities for space technologies to be demonstrated and validated in relevant environments. The platforms offer lunar (0.16-g), Mars (0.38-g) or near-zero gravity, or access to suborbital space to fly experiments.
    • Microgravity University -- The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program provides a unique academic experience for undergraduate students to successfully propose, design, fabricate, fly and evaluate a reduced-gravity experiment of their choice.
    • Reduced-Gravity Flight Opportunity -- NASA's Teaching From Space Office and the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program provide an opportunity for K-12 students and educators in the U.S. to collaborate on a reduced-gravity experiment. Selected educator teams receive online professional development training on microgravity and the opportunity to test their students' experiments aboard a reduced-gravity flight.
    Sounding Rockets

    The Sounding Rockets Program Office provides suborbital launch vehicles to support NASA and other government agencies.
    • NASA's Wallops Flight Facility -- NASA launches 10 different sounding rocket vehicles that can carry payloads that weigh up to 1,500 pounds.
    • Wallops Education Flight Projects -- Education programs developed at Wallops are designed to give students and educators hands-on flight experiences through the use of NASA sounding rockets and scientific balloons.
    Orbiting Spacecraft

    The International Space Station is equipped with a variety of laboratories and resources to perform science experiments and test technologies.

What Is Microgravity?

NASA's Digital Learning Network

Do-It-Yourself Podcast

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  • The space shuttle's open cargo bay and two astronauts walking in space

    NASA ePDN

    Enroll in the NASA Electronic Professional Development Network for a self-directed, online course to learn about the effects of microgravity and engage middle and high school students in microgravity competitions.

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