Nasa Wavelength

How Do We Get There?

This is a lesson/briefing about the Dawn mission and the significance of its ion propulsion system.

Sand or Rock: Finding Out from 1000 km

Learners will measure temperature of two different surfaces; sand and stone; on a sunny day, make a series of temperature measurements, and plot the results. Extensions include experimenting with different materials, using temperature sensors and noncontact infrared thermometers.

Looking Back in Time

This lesson plan will provide a concrete way for students to understand the concept of distance in space equals distance in time. This is done using information gathered from a timeline activity in Lesson 1: Earth, the Universe, and Culture.

Solar Convection

Learners will use hot and cold water to see how fluids at different temperature move around in convection currents. This activity is from the DIY Sun Science app and is for ages 10 and up.

Super Star Meets the Plucky Planet... Or, how Earth and Sun come to mutual understanding and respect

This is an animated and narrated storybook about the Sun and its effects on Earth. Learners will read or hear about characteristics of the Sun and Earth that influence their interaction.

A Simple Model for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

In this problem set, learners will create and use a differential equation of rate-of-change of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

What Heats the Earth's Interior?

In this textbook chapter, students learn about the source of the Earth's internal heat engine, convection in the Earth's core, the role of superplumes in Earth's history, and the influence of tectonic activity on the Earth's climate.

Chandra Photo Album

This collection features images taken by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, including image descriptions and comparison with optical images. Search options include chronological listings, images by category, and images by interest such as multi-wavelength and top rated images.

A Trip to the Infrared Zoo

In this multi-day activity, students use infrared and visible images of animals and sort them into broad categories based upon the learner's own reasoning and observations of the images.

The Evidence is "Clear"!

In this lesson, students consider observations and inferences to determine the support for each of two theories on the origin of the universe: Steady State and Big Bang.

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