# NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Space Exploration Series

Exploration provides the foundation of our knowledge, technology, resources and inspiration. It seeks answers to fundamental questions about our existence, responds to recent discoveries and puts in place revolutionary techniques and capabilities to inspire our nation, the world and the next generation. Through NASA, we touch the unknown, we learn and we understand. As we take our first steps toward sustaining a human presence in the solar system, we can look forward to far-off visions of the past becoming realities of the future.

Students will be exposed to different systems and projects of human exploration missions at NASA. Students will learn about the design, development and planning that is necessary as NASA prepares for future exploration.

## Calculus

• ### Next Generation Spacecraft

In this real world application, students will use integration to find the volume of the Orion Crew Module - NASA's newest spacecraft.

• ### Space Shuttle Ascent

Students will utilize graphing calculators to make applications of differentiation to the mission data of a space shuttle ascent phase.

• ### The Lunar Lander - Ascending from the Moon

In this exploration activity, students will use the application of differentiation – related rates, to solve problems pertaining to the ascent portion of the Lunar Lander.

• ### Lunar Surface Communications

Future outposts on the Moon will require lunar surface equipment to maintain communications with Earth. Students will use differentiation - chain rule to derive a solution to this space exploration problem.

## Physics

• ### Lunar Surface Instrumentation

On the lunar surface, environmental sensors and instruments will need to be placed within proximity of a lunar outpost. Students will work with vector addition to find an answer to this space exploration problem.

• ### Lunar Surface Instrumentation: Part II

Students will analyze two different approaches for completing a task based on a number of constraints and will determine the optimal method. Students will apply vector addition, as well as critical thinking skills.

• ### Lunar Landing

Students will apply equations of motion and force to solve for unknowns in this real world application about human exploration missions to the Moon.

• ### Weightless Wonder - Reduced Gravity Flights

Students will learn about the parabolic flights of NASA's C9 jet - the Weightless Wonder, as they use equations of motion to derive a solution to a real life problem.

• ### ARED – Resistive Exercise in Space

The Advanced Resistive Exercise Device, or ARED, is one of the exercise devices astronauts use aboard the International Space Station. ARED uses vacuum cylinders to simulate free weights for resistive exercise that helps astronauts maintain bone and muscle strength while in space. In this activity, students will analyze different aspects of the mechanics of the ARED device.

## Career Profiles

• ### So You Want to Work for NASA...

This resource page provides information about some of the careers NASA has to offer and the opportunities available for students.

## Exploration Interactives

• ### NASA 3D Virtuality

Explore NASA as never before with 3DV, using the latest technology that allows you have a virtual reality experience on your desktop.

• ### Experience 3D Virtuality With Robonaut

Move, pack, and unpack Robonaut in 3D Virtuality!

• ### NASA Home and City 2.0

Do you know how to find a trace of outer space in your home and city? This updated release is loaded with new features.