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Expedition 55/56 Commander Drew Feustel



Grade Levels

Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12


Engineering Design, Technology, Space Station


Lesson Plans / Activities, Videos

Water filtration plays a key part in crew survival aboard the International Space Station. Expedition 55/56 Commander Drew Feustel discusses the water recovery system used to recycle crew waste water for consumption.

Classroom Connection: Water Filtration

Grade Level: 5-12

Time Required: (2–3) 50 minute periods

Next Generation Science Standards:

MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1-4. Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.