Mapping the Moon with WALL-E

  • Released Monday, July 18, 2011

Many students have the misconception that NASA only sends astronauts to space, when in reality, NASA has over 60 science missions currently taking place in addition to the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. This module will introduce students to a few of the newest NASA missions. It also features NASA's efforts to Return to the Moon with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Crater and Observation Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). During the grade 5-8 module, we will also introduce students to the concepts behind satellite data collection with a hands-on demonstration of the LIDAR instrument on LRO.

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Middle School Module

What keeps NASA busy when not sending astronauts into space? How does a satellite help us construct a topographic map of a surface?

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  • WALL-E 2011 (ID: 2011065)
    Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 4:00AM