Math Minute June 1: Future Spacecraft

Summer is here!  A common misconception is that teachers have “3 months off” in the summer, when the reality is, many teachers use the summer months to do a variety of things from going back to school to earn advanced degrees, teaching summer school classes, and writing new curriculum.  The truth is, there’s very little “time off” because there’s always something new to learn…like the future of spacecraft!

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Will future spacecraft fit in our pockets?  

How can you spend your Math Minutes this week?

  • After watching this video, think about the following:  NASA provides opportunities for students, researchers and industry to launch their small satellite payloads on NASA’s own launches.  What type of small satellite would you build and what type of data or experiment would you carry out if you could send a small satellite to space?  Leave a comment with your idea.
  • Read about Specific Impulse on this site.  It’s some higher level math, but try to read through it and pick out at least one new thing you can learn more about.
  • Learn some space shuttle facts on this site.  Create an infographic or another way to display the information.
  • The European Space Agency has a great website with tons of information and exploration activities.  Check it out and post something new you learned.

Wait…is this a Math Minute or a Science Minute?  Math and science are so intertwined that it’s hard to tell sometimes whether you’re doing one or the other.  Many times it’s both!

4 thoughts on “Math Minute June 1: Future Spacecraft

  1. I think it’s a great idea to have micro rockets because they can fit into smaller areas and make more at a cheaper cost. I think they should add tiny solar panels to it so it would be faster.

    1. I think it’s a great idea to have tiny rockets because they can move more and have more space to move in. I think they should make them go really fast and be smaller so they miss space trash. Then it won’t be destroyed so easy and the smaller the target, the harder it is to hit.

  2. NASA has a good idea when it comes to these mini rockets, but will the air pressure and non gravity part change how the rocket will be able to move? Otherwise, this is really cool.

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