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This is a lesson about how spacecraft use gravity assists to get where they are going. Learners will explore how engineers minimize the use of fuel by utilizing gravity. In Activity 1, students explore the physical conservation laws by observing the behavior of balls colliding with other objects. In Activity 2, the students use an interactive online simulation tool to explore the various ways in which gravity assists can be used to aid space exploration.

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    • Grade 1
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    • Grade 12

    Keywords:

    Engineering and technology:Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft,Physics,NSDL,Earth and space science:Solar system:Planets,Planetary Science,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Engineering,High School,The nature of technology:The design process,Physical sciences:Motion and forces,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123316604T,MESSENGER,Space science,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Technology,Space Science

    Language:

    English

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