Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Alignment
Disciplinary Core Idea/Sub-Idea:
ESS1. Earth's Place in the Universe
ESS1.A. The Universe and its Stars
MS-ESS1-3. Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
Solar System Scale and Size
Extension 1 Instructional Focus
The Hubble Space Telescope is best known for its surveys of the far universe, but it also helps scientists learn more about our own Solar System through its high-resolution images of planets and moons.
Extension 2 Instructional Focus
Students participate in a spacesuit design challenge aligned with MS-ETS1-3 as they deepen their knowledge about the threat orbital debris poses to spacecraft and astronauts. They work in teams to design spacesuits for their “taternauts” (astronauts in the form of a potato) that provide protection against impacts involving tiny pieces of space debris, and then they test and evaluate their designs.