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Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together
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Gravity Probe B and Space Time Artist concept of Gravity Probe B orbiting the Earth to measure space-time, a four-dimensional description of the universe including height, width, length, and time.


Video
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Apollo 15 Hammer / Feather Gravity Demonstration Apollo 15 astronaut Dave Scott drops a hammer and a feather on the moon to demonstrate gravity.
Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Gravity and the Great Attractor A robot crew takes a look at the Great Attractor, a massive hidden object that is pulling in every nearby galaxy in the local Universe; this does include useful background on gravity.
Testing Einstein's Universe Written, Directed & Produced by Norbert Bartel, Ph.D., Professor of Astrophysics & Space Sciences, York University, Canada, September 2003
LIGO USA Rap This music video pays tribute to two dozen undergraduates' summer with LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory); it features the undergraduates in a rap song about the science they studied.


Animation
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GRACE Global Gravity Animation This visualization of a gravity model (a rotating Earth) was created with data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) and shows variations in Earth's gravity field.


Podcast
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365 Days of Astronomy Why do the planets stay in orbit? And why doesn't the Moon fall out of the sky? Gravity!


Interactives
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Gravitation 3.8 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.
Planet Impact! Put gravity to work as you use Jupiter for target practice.
Gravity Assist Simulator Spacecraft often use the gravity of planets to change their speed and direction. Use this Gravity Assist Simulator to explore how these maneuvers can be used to speed up, slow down, and change the trajectory of a spacecraft.
Planet Mass Comparison The objects in our solar system have an enormous range of sizes and masses. This animation is intended to help you compare the masses of the individual planets, our Moon, and the Sun.


Networks
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Solar System Ambassadors The Solar System Ambassadors is a nation-wide network of volunteers who are trained to communicate the excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and recent discoveries to people in their local communities.
Museum Alliance The Museum Alliance is a network of museums, science centers, planetariums, observatories, parks, NASA visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, and aquariums that bring current NASA science and technology to their visitors through professional development of their staff and access to NASA staff, content and materials.
Night Sky Network This site can connect you to amateur astronomy clubs, events, a night sky planner, and more.

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