- Kennedy Space Center
- Physical Science
- Exploring Engineering and Technology
- 030 min(s)
- 050 min(s)
Imagine that you are strapped into the Space Shuttle, and the countdown clock is ticking... 10, 9, 8, 7. When the clock hits zero at liftoff, 7.5 million pounds of thrust are going to propel the shuttle somewhere. What if the vehicle were not properly prepared for its mission?
This module is appropriate for video conference AND web conference presentation.
John F. Kennedy Space Center has launched all U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions. Preparing a vehicle to liftoff into space requires a special location, massive facilities, unique equipment and tools, and a world-class workforce.
Participants in this DLN event discover just what it takes to prepare a vehicle for launch.
Learners determine the location of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), which is largest building in the world by volume.
Learners explore the interior of the VAB.
Learners describe how different spacecraft components arrive in the VAB.
Learners explain why spacecraft components must be assembled in a sequence.
Learners evaluate the VAB's capability to serve future spacecraft.
Sequence of Events
Please review America's Spaceport with students prior to the videoconference.
John F. Kennedy Space Center has launched ALL U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions. Preparing a vehicle to liftoff into space requires a special location, massive facilities, unique equipment and tools, and a world-class workforce. Participants take a journey to Kennedy in this highly interactive videoconference.
NASA Education has many different types of multimedia materials which could be used to extend this lesson: Educator Guides, Educational Wallsheets, Lithographs, Videos, Bookmarks, Web-based content, CD's and even other Digital Learning Network Events.
Educators can access the above mentioned materials at http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true
ISTE Technology Standards:
Basic Operations and concepts
1. Students demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature and operation of technology systems by comparing and contrasting how the Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters, External Tank and Orbiter are processed at the Kennedy Space Center.
History and nature of Science
Students discuss science as a human endeavor by recognizing pioneering Astronauts during the videoconference.
Science in personal and Social Perspectives
Students evaluate natural and human-induced hazards by discussing the danger to Astronauts and the public of a catastrophic failure during launch.