SCIENCE A planet larger than Earth could be hiding in the cold, dark depths of our solar system. SO EXCITING!!!! (Nat Geo News) What is a planet, anyway? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The good folks over at Caltech probably discovered a planet lurking in the “cold, dark … Continue reading Planet Nine from Outer Space!
SCIENCE It’s a total fluke. No one was thinking about making the most precise test yet of general relativity when the European Space Agency sent a pair of satellites into orbit last year. But a botched launch put them in perfect position to test Einstein’s century-old theory. (Guardian) Use our resources to learn a little about the man behind general relativity. Teachers, scroll down for … Continue reading 100 Years Later, Einstein’s Theory Tested by Satellites
SCIENCE What will happen to Astronaut Scott Kelly’s body during his year in space? With a nod to Leonardo, NASA diagrams it for us. (NASA) Do you really need to ask why astronauts are awesome? Well, here are 5 Reasons Why to get you started. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas First, a little background: … Continue reading What Happens to Astronaut Poop? Look to the Skies!
SCIENCE Scientists have identified a large crater on the near side of the moon—the first detection of its kind in at least a century. The structure has been provisionally named after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. (BBC) What’s a moon? What’s a crater? Who’s Amelia Earhart? Use our resources to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Earhart, Hiding in Plain Sight
SCIENCE The Tears of an Astronaut In space, no one can hear you scream. But can they hear you cry? In this new video, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield demonstrates the physics of tears in space. Discussion Ideas: The final words spoken by Chris Hadfield, the astronaut in the video, are “It’s gravity.” Actually, it’s surface tension in zero-gravity! Can students explain how a lack … Continue reading The Tears of an Astronaut