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March 2009 Space Camp Podcast

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Broadcast from the Space Camp Orbital Training Facility- the March 2009 Space podcast. July 20, 2009 marks the 40 year anniversary of the first successful flight to the moon. That year Neil Armstrong took his first historic step out onto the moon’s surface. Listen as Scoot-R, space camp’s training robot, tells a little about Dr. von Braun and the history of the space program. The video also features Kelly who discusses hydroponics and its importance to the space program. Learn how scientists are able to grow plants in any environment with just water and plant food. This will allow astronauts to grow their own food in space while making longer flights to other planets in the future.


Length: 04:27

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (5)
11. Compare distances from the sun to planets in our solar system.
  • Relating the size of Earth to the size of other planets in our solar system
  • Identifying technology used to study planets
  • Examples: Hubble telescope, space probes, Mars Exploration Rover
     
    SC (9-12) Earth and Space Elective
    12. Describe challenges and required technologies for space exploration.
  • Identifying long-term human space travel needs, including life support
  • Identifying applications of propulsion technologies for space travel
  • Identifying new instrumentation and communication technologies needed for space information gathering
  • Examples: Mars Exploration Rover, Cassini spacecraft and Huygens probe, Gravity Probe B
  • Identifying benefits to the quality of life that have been achieved through space advances
  • Examples: cellular telephone, GPS
  • Identifying new technology used to gather information, including spacecraft, observatories, space-based telescopes, and probes
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    SC (9-12) Environmental Elective
    9. Describe land-use practices that promote sustainability and economic growth.
    Examples: no-till planting, crop rotation
  • Defining various types and sources of waste and their impact on the soil
  • Examples:
    types—biodegradeable, nonbiodegradeable, organic, radioactive, nonradioactive;
    sources—pesticides, herbicides
  • Identifying ways to manage waste, including composting, recycling, reusing, and reclaiming
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    SS2010 (4) Alabama Studies
    16. Determine the impact of population growth on cities, major road systems, demographics, natural resources, and the natural environment of Alabama during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
  • Describing how technological advancements brought change to Alabamians, including the telephone; refrigerator; automobile; television; and wireless, Internet, and space technologies
  • Relating Alabama's economy to the influence of foreign-based industry, including the automobile industry
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    SC2015 (3)
    5. Obtain and combine information to describe that organisms are classified as living things, rather than nonliving things, based on their ability to obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and maintain stable internal conditions while living in a constantly changing external environment.
     
    SC2015 (3)
    11. Construct an argument from evidence to explain the likelihood of an organism's ability to survive when compared to the resources in a certain habitat (e.g., freshwater organisms survive well, less well, or not at all in saltwater; desert organisms survive well, less well, or not at all in woodlands).
    a. Construct explanations that forming groups helps some organisms survive.
    b. Create models that illustrate how organisms and their habitats make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.
    c. Categorize resources in various habitats as basic materials (e.g., sunlight, air, freshwater, soil), produced materials (e.g., food, fuel, shelter), or as nonmaterial (e.g., safety, instinct, nature-learned behaviors).
     
    SC2015 (9-12) Earth and Space Science
    6. Obtain and evaluate information about Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton, and Einstein to communicate how their findings challenged conventional thinking and allowed for academic advancements and space exploration.
     
    SC2015 (9-12) Environmental Science
    13. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information based on evidence to explain how key natural resources (e.g., water sources, fertile soils, concentrations of minerals and fossil fuels), natural hazards, and climate changes influence human activity (e.g., mass migrations).
     
    SC2015 (9-12) Environmental Science
    14. Analyze cost-benefit ratios of competing solutions for developing, conserving, managing, recycling, and reusing energy and mineral resources to minimize impacts in natural systems (e.g., determining best practices for agricultural soil use, mining for coal, and exploring for petroleum and natural gas sources).*
     

     


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