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Make an Aeolipile (Hero Engine)

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A single RL10 engine will provide nearly 25,000 pounds of thrust and serve as the main propulsion for the ICPS that will fly atop the SLS rocket Block 1 in support of each of the first three Artemis missions.



Grade Levels

Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, Informal Education


Physical Science, Flight and Aeronautics, Forces and Motion


Hands-on Activities

Make a Hero engine with a soda can. See how Newton’s third law of motion makes the can move when water flows out of it.

Make an Aeolipile (Hero Engine)

This activity is adapted from the “Rockets Away” educator guide.