Nasa Wavelength

Galaxies Galore

This online module includes three activities: Spiral Shapes, Elliptical Slide, and Imagine Irregular. By completing these activities, students discover that galaxies come in different shapes and learn about the process used by astronomers to classify them.

Water Cycle Webquest

Students are introduced to the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellite mission and its role in studying the water cycle. This webquest provides links to eight websites, allowing middle school students to explore the water cycle and its impacts on Earth's weather and climate.

Breathable: NASA Monitors Our Changing Air Quality

This twelve-minute YouTube video incorporates NASA imagery and visualizations as it traces the history of air quality research.

Investigating Air Quality from Space: Exploring NASA's Aura Satellite Ozone Monitoring Instrument

This worksheet introduces students to the Aura satellite and its Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI). Students are asked to visit the Aura website and examine OMI data visualizations to learn about emissions of atmospheric gases such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide.

Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula Lithograph

This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows light from hot stars eating away the surface of the dust and gas cloud in this region of the Eagle Nebula to reveal a pillar composed of denser material. The text includes information about the process of star formation taking place in the nebula.

The Great Gulf Oil Catastrophe of 2010

In this problem set, learners will analyze a satellite image of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico to answer questions about the extent, density and thickness of the oil leak. Answer key is provided.

First Step: Return to the Moon!

This kick-off activity sets the stage for further explorations and activities in Explore! To the Moon and Beyond! - a resource developed specifically for use in libraries. As a group, learners will discuss what they know about Earth's Moon.

Edible Mars Spacecraft

Learners will become familiar with the vehicles of two Mars missions: Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Pathfinder and the rover Sojourner (note: the activity could be easily adapted to be based on more current Mars missions and spacecraft).

Seeing Interference Fringes

In this demonstration, students detect the interference of waves and measure wave phenomena using an experimental apparatus consisting of a laser pointer, a second surface mirror scrap (like a bathroom mirror) binder clips, razor blade, ruler, and a white wall or projection screen.

Regolith Formation

This is an activity about the formation of regolith, the loose fragmental material on the Moon's surface. Learners will engage in a series of hands-on activities comparing and contrasting regolith formation processes on the Moon and on Earth.