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What Is the Temperature of Space?

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Product Type: Lesson Plan/Activity
Audience: Educators, Informal Education
Grade Levels: 9-12
Publication Year: 2009
Subjects: General Science, Physical Science

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

Page Last Updated: December 11th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild