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Finding the Distance to the Sun
Topic: The Sun, Transits and Eclipses
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Sun, Venus, Earth
Mission: Heliophysics (Sun)

Short Description: The students will apply the concepts of vertical angles and ratios to calculate lengths and angles. Can they determine the distance to the sun?


Flexing Muscles and Moons
Topic: Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Europa
Mission: Galileo (Jupiter), Voyager 1 (Our Solar System), Voyager 2 (Our Solar System)

Short Description: Students measure the effect of gravitational flexing (which keeps Io and Europa's interior warm) by taking the temperature of some flexible rubber balls. They also calculate the force of gravity.


Fundamentals of Lunar Exploration: The Search for Lunar Ice
Topic: Far Ranging Robots
Grade Level: 5-8, 9-12
Body: Earth's Moon
Mission: Lunar Recon Orbiter (Earth's Moon)

Short Description: Students design and build a mission and TopoBot rover to search for ice in the lunar polar regions.


Gelatin Volcanoes
Topic: Volcanism in the Solar System
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Our Solar System, Venus, Earth, Mars
Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey (Mars), Mars Recon Orbiter (Mars), Venus Express (Venus)

Short Description: Jell-O is used to explore how lava flows in a volcano.


Getting a Feel for Gravity
Topic: Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Our Solar System
Mission: DS1 (Asteroids), Voyager 1 (Our Solar System)

Short Description: In this kinesthetic activity, students use their own bodies to create a model of the solar system and the forces the sun and planets exert on each other and on passing objects such as spacecraft.


Goldilocks and the Three Planets
Topic: Windy Worlds: Gas Giants, Atmospheres and Weather
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Venus, Earth, Mars
Mission: Akatsuki (Venus), MAVEN (Mars), Venus Express (Venus)

Short Description: Students determine what some of Earth, Venus and Mars' atmosphere is composed of and then mathematically compare the amount of the greenhouse gas, CO2, on the planets Venus, Earth and Mars in order to determine which has the most.


Gravitation 3.8
Topic: Formation of the Solar System
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Our Solar System
Mission: Voyager 1 (Our Solar System), Voyager 2 (Our Solar System)

Short Description: An interactive gravity modeler that can simulate a solar system, and allows you to drag the planets into new parameters; this can be used to observe gravitational interaction.


Gravity Induced Tides: It's What Pushes Us Apart
Topic: Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together
Grade Level: 9-12
Body: Earth
Mission: Earth Science (Earth)

Short Description: The materials relating to gravity, tides, the slowing of the Earth's rotation, and the confirmation of the accuracy of radiometric age dating techniques make an engaging supporting story for high school classes studying radioactivity and age dating of geologic materials.


Great Red Spot Pinwheel
Topic: Windy Worlds: Gas Giants, Atmospheres and Weather
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Jupiter
Mission: Galileo (Jupiter), Juno (Jupiter)

Short Description: Students kinesthetically create a model of Jupiter's Red Spot, rotating like a pinwheel around a central point to demonstrate the atmospheric dynamics of the cyclonic storm.


Heavyweight Champion: Jupiter
Topic: Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together
Grade Level: K-4
Body: Jupiter
Mission: Juno (Jupiter)

Short Description: The students explore gravity and its relationship to weight by weighing themselves on scales modified to represent weights on other worlds, and compare the features of different planets to determine which characteristics cause a planet to have more or less gravity.

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