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Space Shuttle

By Brian Dunbar
Learn about past, present, and future shuttle missions. Go to behind the scenes for primary source material. This space shuttle page is just one of the components of the NASA web page. which offers sections for the Public, Educators, Students, Media, Policy Makers and Employees. Using the MyNASA feature you can create a personal place to store bookmarks or playlists from the vast resources available on the website. Lesson Plans for kindergarten through career planning are located in the NASA TV section.

Published by NASA in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Technology
History/Social Science
English/Language Arts
Themes/Keywords: Robotics
Solar System
Space exploration

Space Shuttle, Space Station, Aeronautics, Expedition, Spacecraft, Universe, Orbit, Payload, Spacesuit, Operation Center,Pre-Flight, Launch pad, Robotics, Universe, Sustainability

Essential Question(s)
1. Where is the space frontier?
2. Why explore our universe?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What is the purpose(s) of the space shuttle missions?
2. What are some of NASA's career options?
3. What are the differences between a day on earth and in the space shuttle?
4. What do you eat while in space?
5. Why are we sending robots on the space shuttle?
6. Do you believe (why or why not)that the space shuttle will become a mode of transportation?

Extension and Activities
1. Language Arts: Research space shuttle take offs/landings. Then write a script of the dialogue between the astronauts and command central.
2. Language Arts: Create a career poster for NASA using images and words.
3. History/Social Science: In a small group decide on what would be included in your time capsule. Create a multimedia presentation of the components of your time capsule.
4. History/Social Studies: Create a podcast news report on a space shuttle success or failure.
5. Mathematics: Creat a timeline for the space shuttle mission. Plot the space shuttle orbit. Include distance, location above the earth, and all the possible dates/locations for landing.
6. Science: OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award -
7. Enter the video contest about NASA technology.
8. Science: Create a team and take on NASA's Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge.
9. Fine & Performing Arts: Create eClips advertisements for NASA careers.

"I believe that technology is the best focus for me
as a way to relate to the arts community."

Pat Tuttle
Visual Arts Teacher
L.A.U.S.D. - Castaic, C.A.

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