Overview of Space Science BC 3 Academy June 22 – July 2 2004 Jean Willits Melissa Teply
-NASA- Marshall Space Flight Center at Redstone
us on the ins and outs
of NASA’s activities
Bill Evans, NASA Engineer, in the Shuttle Engineering Support Center discussing the roles of the technicians during practice runs and launches of the Space Shuttle.
From this control room the design technicians read incoming data from the shuttle rocket boosters, fuel tank and main engines.
In case of emergency, the engineers have a direct line to Cape Canaveral to shut down the mission. They only have a six second window.
The Payload Operation Center is responsible for collecting and transmitting data from the Space Station experiments to the design scientists around the world.
The POC is also responsible for communicating directly with the astronauts giving them daily directions for operations of the shuttle experiments.
The POC controls the power, utilities, and video feed from the space station.
National Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Ron Daniels explains the vacuum plasma spray, a machine used to make complicated pieces of equipment that combine two or more metals.
Curtis Manning discusses NASA’s use of rapid prototyping for their design engineers.
Testing Sites at Redstone Arsenal
Tom Nolan, Professor at MTSU, uses raster maps that make use of the remote sensing technology from satellites. This can be used in any field of research.
Dr. Klumpf, Astronomy Professor, at MTSU, received a $100,000 grant from NASA to build a Naked Eye Observatory on the campus. Students will be able to determine relative distances in space, calculate time, predict an eclipse, determine season changes, etc.
Naked Eye Observatory
Dr. Andrew Ertl, Professor of Space Physiology at Vanderbilt, developed the Neurological research, Neurolab, that was used on the 1998 space shuttle mission.
Drew Gilmore, Education Director at Adventure Science Center, gave us a private viewing of the night skies, mission to mars, and moon travels.
Talk about hands on activities!
Takao Doi, a Japanese astronaut, enlightened us to the grueling training an astronaut must go through by showing a training video. He also explained his space walk and the effects of space on your body.
Challenger Center Dedicated to the memory of the education crew
Content Standard: 7.0
Earth and Its Place in the Universe
6.7.2 Investigate the relative distances of objects in space.
Construct a scale model of the solar system.
Relative Distances in Space
The great amount of distance that exists between planets, stars, and galaxies is a difficult concept to understand.
TSW take part in several activities that illustrate the relative distance between the sun and the planets.
TSW construct a 3-D scale model of our solar system.
Scale Model Activities
Utilize the Naked Eye Observatory on the MTSU Campus.
The Naked Eye Observatory
Students can measure the relative sizes of the sun, moon and planets and determine relative distances through several investigations.
Solar System Hike
The scale for this activity is 611 feet of space. The solar system has been shrunk by 1 billion.
Cards with the names of,and correct size of the planets are placed at relative distances from each other. Students “walk” the solar system and discover the distance between the planets.
Students should be able to calculate distances in astronomical units (AU) between the sun and each planet.
Students determine what scale to use to represent each distance in a scale drawing.
ie: 1 inch equals 1 AU
Students draw the sun and each planet relative to their actual size.
The Students will construct a 3-D scale model of our solar system.