In this inquiry-based investigation, children use ultraviolet detection beads to explore unseen energy produced by the Sun. The experiment, developed by NASA, is presented in the context of the Messenger spacecraft: how can a craft be designed to withstand the proximity to planet Mercury without melting? The lesson is completely turn-key, with printable worksheets, data table, warm-up and reflection questions, and detailed background information. Don't miss the pattern for building a model of the Messenger spacecraft, complete with sunshade and solar "panels". See Related Materials for links to the NASA Messenger home page and to a You Tube video on how to use UV color changing beads. This item is part of a larger collection of lessons compiled and edited by the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science).


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