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NASA at Home: "Launching America"

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Episode 2: Learn about NASA’s Commercial Crew Program returning space flight back to American soil in this episode of NASA at Home. Learn about orbits, the International Space Station, gravity, and the engineering design process. Build your own parachute for an "eggstronaut" with materials you can find at home and celebrate the historic launch of the first humans from the U.S. since 2011. Developed for students in grades 4-7.

Produced by NASA Langley Office of STEM Engagement and presented by VPM.

Virginia Standards of Learning

  • 5.3 Newton's Laws of Motion
  • 6.2 The student will investigate and understand basic sources of energy, their origins, transformations, and uses. Key concepts include:
  • c) nonrenewable energy sources (fossil fuels including petroleum, natural gas, and coal)
  • e) energy transformations (heat/light to mechanical, chemical, and electrical energy).
  • 6.8 The student will investigate and understand the organization of the solar system and the relationships among the various bodies that comprise it. Key concepts include:
  • c) the role of gravity.
  • d) revolution and rotation.
  • SEPs Science and Engineering Practices: Design Process is addressed in the .1 standards at all grade levels.
  • E.2 Earth Science covers the reasons for space travel and the NASA program.

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