Classroom Activity

What Is the Temperature of Space?
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 9-12


Watch a short NASA Brain Bites video and use the accompanying resource sheet to explain why objects traveling through space have a temperature but space does not. The resource sheet contains questions and answers to stimulate a discussion about the types of heat transfer, solar absorptivity, IR emissivity, and how NASA designs spacecraft and spacesuits for astronauts.

What Is the Temperature of Space?  [130KB PDF file]

What Is the Temperature of Space?
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More NASA Brain Bites resource sheets
Neutral Buoyancy: Astronaut Training Is Not Always "Sink or Swim."
Spacesuits: Pressurized Protection from Thermal Effects