Educator Guide

Space Transportation: Reshooting the Moon
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 8
Publication Number: EP-2009-03-41-MSFC

Description: The "Big Idea" of this standards-based unit is transportation systems move people and goods. Transportation vehicles consist of subsystems that must function together for a system to work effectively. Students will become familiar with NASA's plan for human space exploration. The following are some of the objectives of the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate/Extend, Evaluate) lessons:
  • Describe how a system may lose efficiency or fail if one of its subsystems is missing or malfunctioning.
  • Design a space transportation system that will complete a lunar mission and identify the processes it would require.
  • Identify the subsystems that must function together for a transportation system to work effectively.
At the conclusion of the unit, students develop a subsystem for a manned spacecraft bound for the moon. Student sheets and rubrics are included.

Space Transportation: Reshooting the Moon [1MB PDF file]

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