Target: Grades 3-6
Length: 9 minutes 9 seconds
The Space Place, NASA's award-winning Web site for kids, presents the Space Place cartoon kids hosting their own talk show "live" from the Space Place Clubhouse. Their guests are NASA scientists and engineers. The goal of "Space Place Live!" is to introduce kids to the human, down-to-Earth side of real scientists and engineers working in the space program. Each guest is presented as a passionate and accomplished role model for every child interested in science or engineering.
In this episode, the kids interview Don Burnett, the principal investigator on the Genesis mission. The Genesis spacecraft captured samples of the solar wind and brought them back to Earth for study. In talking with the cartoon kids, the cartoon Don explains how the mission worked, and how he got interested in the chemistry of the solar system by studying the rocks (meteorites) that fall to Earth from asteroids, Mars, and the Moon.