Science Scope and Sequence, Space Exploration Today

Science Standard VI, Earth and Space Science

Lesson 603, Space Exploration Today

Understanding the role of astronomers in space

Defining Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity

Knowing who Albert Michelson was

Identifying the four major parts of the theory of relativity

Defining constant, space-time, computer simulations, particle accelerator, subatomic particles, telescope, refracting, reflecting, convex lenses, focus, radio waves, Doppler Effect, redshift, visible spectrum, and rockets

Recognizing the importance of the Hubble Space Telescope

Recognizing the importance of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Understanding the space race between Russia and the United States

Identifying the two types of satellites: natural and artificial

Understanding the importance of Sputnik in space exploration

Recognizing the achievements of space exploration, including those of Yuri Gagarin, the Soyuz Capsule, Alan Shepard, the Mercury Capsule, Saturn V, Apollo, Apollo 11, space shuttles, Challenger, Columbia, space probes, Voyager 2, Galileo, Huygens probe, the Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Pathfinder, rovers, Sojourner, Spirit, and Opportunity

Describing the optical telescope, radio telescope, X-ray telescope, and spectroscope and what each measures or magnifies


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