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Terror in Space

Viewing Ideas


Before Watching

  1. Astronauts were sent to Mir to help scientists understand some of the effects of living in space for extended periods of time. Ask students what they think are some of the challenges of living in space (such as weightlessness, close living quarters, boredom). As they watch, have students note the challenges faced by the Mir crew.

After Watching

  1. Have students review their notes and discuss the challenges faced by the Mir crew. What incidents arose as a result of technical failures or error? What issues occurred as a result of cultural and political differences between the Russians and Americans? Discuss possible challenges and solutions that might arise in the International Space Station, which will be shared by 16 nations.

  2. Have students compare Mir with the space station on "Deep Space Nine" or with other popular science-fiction space stations. What are the similarities and differences?

  3. Ask students to support or refute the idea that from space, Earth seems like a single community.

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Terror in Space
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