In this activity, students will learn how technology can help scientists solve a problem. One of the challenges scientists face with any spacecraft is attitude control. Students will be introduced to the problem of attitude control in space through an experiment using angular momentum, and experience two different ways scientists address this problem. Students begin by discussing the technology(ies) that powers satellites and enable(s) them to move through space. Students then engage in an angular momentum experiment. Estimated cost of this activity does not include the cost of the bicycle wheel for the angular momentum experiment. This activity is one of several in the Swift: Eyes through Time collection available on the Teachers' Domain website.


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    Engineering and technology:Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123219153T,NSDL,Upper Elementary,Grade 5,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Engineering,Physics,Physical sciences:Motion and forces,Elementary School,Technology,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Astrophysics,Middle School,Swift,Space Science



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