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Hubble's Amazing Rescue
Learn the Science
EXPLORE THE RISKS
The mission to repair Hubble was full of risks. Help students understand the dangers involved.
Hubble's Amazing Rescue (Video)
Learn about one of the greatest risks in the daring mission to repair Hubble—take-off in the Space Shuttle. (Chapter 1, 8:00 min.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/lessonideas/3611_hubble_video.html


Hands on Hubble (Audio)
Hear Astronomer-Astronaut John Grunsfeld explain why fixing Hubble is all about the gloves. (4:09 min.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/dispatches/080606.html


Follow The Hubble Repair (Producer's Story)
Read Producer Rush DeNooyer's reflections on the 2009 mission from the inside, including some on the space program's future.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/hubbledispatch/


Astronauts in Space (Viewing Ideas: Before Watching #2, #3, and #4)
Simulate the difficulty of working in a space suit, demonstrate why astronauts experience weightlessness, explore neutral buoyancy, and more.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/viewing/0303_01_nsn.html

Curriculum Connections
Dexterity, gravity, weightlessness in space, zero-g, free fall, neutral buoyancy, Reduced Gravity Research Program, Neutral Buoyancy Lab

Standards
Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry; Earth and Space Science: Structure of the earth system, Earth's history, Earth in the solar system, Energy in the earth system, Geochemical cycles, Origin and evolution of the earth system, Origin and evolution of the universe; Science and Technology: Abilities of technological design, Understanding about science and technology; History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Rescue in Space (Lesson)
Explore the first NASA mission to repair Hubble after a major flaw in the eight-foot reflecting mirror—a severe defect that limited its ability to see faint distant objects—is discovered. Includes viewing ideas and a classroom activity.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/programs/2118_rescue.html

Curriculum Connections
Hubble Space Telescope, space exploration, nature of the universe, aerospace science and engineering, history of astronomy

Standards
Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry; Earth and Space Science: Structure of the earth system, Earth's history, Earth in the solar system, Energy in the earth system, Geochemical cycles, Origin and evolution of the earth system, Origin and evolution of the universe; Science and Technology: Abilities of technological design, Understanding about science and technology; History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor



   

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