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Measuring Up!. December 17, 1903 First Flight 120 feet in 12 seconds. Look how far we’ve come!. Orbiter length: 122 feet. diameter. A straight line passing through the center of a circle or sphere. 8,000 Miles. 13,000 Kilometers. diameter. 2,100 Miles or 3,500 Kilometers.

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December 17, 1903 First Flight 120 feet in 12 seconds.


Look how far we ve come
Look how far we’ve come!

Orbiter length: 122 feet


diameter

A straight line passing through the center of a circle or sphere.

8,000 Miles

13,000 Kilometers


diameter

2,100 Miles or 3,500 Kilometers

Our moon is 1/4th the diameter of the Earth.


circumference

The size of something as given by the distance around it.

25,000 Miles

40,000 Kilometers


apogee

The point in the orbit of a heavenly body at which it is farthest from the earth.

252,000 Miles or 405,000 Kilometers


perigee

The point in the orbit of a heavenly body at which it is nearest to the earth.

224,000 Miles or 360,000 Kilometers


mean

The average value of a set of numbers.

240,000 Miles or 386,000 Kilometers


Using two objects to represent the Earth and moon, let’s estimate how far away the moon is from the Earth.

estimate

An approximate judgment or calculation.


Using diameter: 240,000 miles/8,000 miles = 30 Earths estimate how far away the moon is from the Earth.

385,000 km/13,000 km = 29.6


Using circumference: estimate how far away the moon is from the Earth.

240,000 miles/25,000 miles = 9 ½

384,500 km/40,000 km = 9 ½


How long would it take to go to the moon
How long would it take to estimate how far away the moon is from the Earth.go to the moon?

Let’s take a car. We’ll even go faster than the speed limit (since there are no signs in space). Let’s say, 100 mph.

That means it will take 2,400 hours = 100 days!

That’s too long! Let’s take a jet instead.

A commercial airliner goes about 600 mph.

Now we’ll arrive in 400 hours = 16 ½ days!


The Saturn V rocket took us to the moon. With this rocket the trip took only 3 days!

To date, the Saturn-V is still the largest rocket ever built and flown. It was 363 ft tall.



1972 are you joking
1972??? did then is fly around it.Are you joking?

  • The median household income was $9,697.

  • Cost of a first class stamp was 8 cents.

  • The pocket calculator was invented by Texas Instruments.

  • The VW Beetle was the biggest selling car.

  • M*A*S*H and the Waltons premiered on TV.




Using two objects to represent the Earth and the shuttle orbiter, let’s estimate how far away the orbiter is from the Earth.

estimate

An approximate judgment or calculation.


Orbiting Altitude: Average 220 Nautical Miles or 407 km orbiter, let’s estimate how far away the orbiter is from the Earth.


Approximately how large will the international space station be when it s completed
Approximately how large will the orbiter, let’s estimate how far away the orbiter is from the Earth.International Space Station be when it’s completed?

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2 Fields

3 Fields



Where will we go next? grow?

This looks like a lovely sunset…but it isn’t from Earth!

What about Mars?


What about a trip to the “Grand Canyon” of Mars? Valles Marineris is about 2500 miles long and up to 4 miles deep.




You should plan when to leave for this trip. At its closest, Mars is still tens of millions of miles away from Earth. Still, the decreased distance during "closest approach" allows for fuel-conserving flights to Mars every 26 months and a good view of Mars once or twice every 15 to 17 years for Earth-bound sky watchers.


Distance from Earth closest, Mars is still tens of millions of miles away from Earth. Still, the decreased distance during "closest approach" allows for fuel-conserving flights to Mars every 26 months and a good view of Mars once or twice every 15 to 17 years for Earth-bound sky watchers. : Minimum

35 million miles (56,000,000 km) Maximum

250 million miles (399,000,000 km).


Using two objects to represent the Earth and Mars, let’s estimate how far away Mars is from the Earth.

estimate

An approximate judgment or calculation.


How long would it take to estimate how far away Mars is from the Earth.go to Mars?

Let’s take a car. We’ll even go faster than the speed limit (since there are no signs in space). Let’s say, 100 mph.

That means it will take 560,000 hours = 23,333 days = 64 years!

That’s too long! Let’s take a jet instead.

A commercial airliner goes about 600 mph.

Now we’ll arrive in 58,333 hours = 2,430 days = over 6 years!


Perhaps the new Crew Exploration Vehicle currently being developed will take us to Mars. With current technology, it will take an average of 7 months to travel one way to Mars.


So WHY are we spending all this $$$ in space? developed will take us to Mars. With current technology, it will take an average of 7 months to travel one way to Mars.




These are just a few of the ways we benefit from the space program:

Joysticks

Protective Helmets

Windsurfer Fin


Physical Therapy Machines program:

Air Traffic Control Equipment

Insulin Delivery System


Spinoff applications the list goes on and on
Spinoff Applications… program:the list goes on and on!

  • Medical Imaging

  • Programmable Pace Maker

  • Lightning Warning System

  • Cordless Hand Tools

  • Ear Thermometer

  • Smoke Detector

  • Fire Fighter Equipment

  • Invisible Braces

  • Satellite Dish

  • Composite Materials

  • Advanced Plastics

  • Laser Angioplasty

  • Scratch Resistant Lenses

  • Water Purification Systems

  • Air Quality Monitor


Shuttle Statistics program:

http://www.spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/reference/basics/index.html

Two Inch Universe

http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/seuforum/einstein/resources_ed.htm

Earth, Moon, Mars: Gravity Jugs

http://www.nsschapters.org/hub/gravityjugs.htm

Mars Activity Book from JPL

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/classroom/pdfs/MSIP-MarsActivities.pdf

Mars 101 – PowerPoint

http://imaginemars.jpl.nasa.gov/info/multimedia.html

Mars Info

http://www.solarviews.com/eng/mars.htm

Animation for Earth and Mars Orbits

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/mars/mars_orbit.html


Planet scale program:

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/K12/planetsize/planetsize.html

http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/AtHomeAstronomy/activity_10.html

http://www.noao.edu/education/peppercorn/pcmain.html

Solar System Exploration

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/index.cfm

Exploring the Moon – NASA Educator Guide

http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/Education/Activities/ExpMoon/DistanceMoon.pdf

Spinoffs

http://www.thespaceplace.com/nasa/spinoffs.html

American Perception of Space Exploration- Presentation 21 April 2004, Washington, DC

http://www.culturalanalysis.com/Default.htm

NASA spending priority

http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_opinion_positionpage/2007/02/should_nasa_be_.html


Leesa Hubbard program:

Educator/Aerospace Enthusiast

Wilson County Schools, Tennessee

[email protected]


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