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Train Like An Astronaut: Speed of Light
Speed of Light

Educational Resources

› Mission Handout (PDF)
› Mission Handout en Español (PDF)
› Educator Guide (PDF)

› Mission Journal instructions (PDF)
› Mission Journal instructions en Español (PDF)

These "mission assignments" for students, available in English and Spanish, give detailed instructions for each activity as well as more advanced challenges, related NASA facts and safety guidelines. Educator Guides offer lesson plans, background information, and instructional procedures.

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About the Video:

NASA astronauts explain why they need good concentration and reaction time to operate tools and land spacecraft. A NASA astronaut trailer demonstrates how to set up and run the "Speed of Light" activity.

Mission Question:

How can you perform a test and improve your concentration and hand-eye reaction time?

Reacting quickly and having good concentration can be very important in life. A quick hand-eye reaction time can allow you to catch something in mid-fall. When you learn and/or practice a new skill, such as catching a ball, crossing the street, riding a bicycle, or someday driving a car, you are working on your concentration and your ability to react.

Crew Member Mission:

Students will:

  • perform a time reaction activity using a ruler to practice your hand-eye reaction time and improve your concentration.
  • collect, record, and analyze data during the skill-based experience on your Mission Journal.