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6th Grade Science (Students) » Science Units » Astronomy » Life in Space


Life in Space Life in Space

The International Space Station

THE ISS FACTS:

At night, about 85 to 90 percent of the world’s population can see the International Space Station . As it passes overhead, it looks like a bright, slowly moving star. It takes 3 to 4 minutes to cross the sky, traveling west to east.

YOUR JOB:   

Click on your assigned group.  Research the questions and write your answers in your science notebook.  From the answers you find, create a PowerPoint, Movie, Song, or Poster that will be shared with the class.


Group 1: Food

  • How has the food that astronauts eat changed over the last 50 years?
  • What kinds of foods do astronauts eat in space today?
  • Why do astronauts eat tortilla's instead of bread in space?
  • What methods are used to prevent food from spoiling? Refrigerators?
  • If you lived in space for a month, what foods do you think you would miss the most? Why?
  • What are some examples of food eaten by the early Mercury & Gemini astronauts?

Web Resources

Eating in Space

How Space Food Works

Living in Space - Food

Space Food History-   http://www.pbs.org/spacestation/station/living_eating.htm

Eat In Space- http://science.howstuffworks.com/astronauts-eat-in-space.htm

What Food Do Astronauts Eat-  http://www.wisegeek.com/what-foods-do-astronauts-eat-in-space.htm

Calories- http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/living/spacefood/index.html

Space Station Kids


Group 2: Space Suits

  • What are the main parts of a space suit? How do they work?
  • Do astronauts have to wear the space suits all the time? Why or why not?
  • What are some safety measures that are built into space suits?
  • Do you think space suits are comfortable? Why or why not?
  • Provide a list of 5 essential items that a spacesuit must have.
  • What are 4 things you would face if you were to step outside a spacecraft without a spacesuit?

Web Resources

Space Suits

The Space Suit (history)

How Space Suits Work

Space Suit History w/ Pictures-  http://science.howstuffworks.com/space-suit2.htm

Cost of Space Suits- http://science.howstuffworks.com/question544.htm

The Workings of a Suit- http://science.howstuffworks.com/space-suit.htm

Why Wear A Space Suit- http://www.pbs.org/spacestation/station/living_spacesuit.htm

The Space Suit Facts -  http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0875382.html

History of the Suit- http://www.fi.edu/pieces/hiley/history.htm

http://iss.jaxa.jp/kids/en/space/index.html


Group 3: Experiments and Toys in Space

  • What is the purpose of the ISS?
  • What are some examples of experiments that are conducted on the ISS?
  • What do scientists hope to learn about life in space?
  • How do scientists conduct controlled experiments in space?
  • Name two findings that have emerged from experiments done in space.
  • List the 6 types of research that will or is being conducted on the ISS.
  • How do toys react in space compared to Earth?

Web Resources

ISS Research-  http://science.howstuffworks.com/space-station5.htm

Current ISS Experiments- http://www.nasa.gov/missions/current/index.html

Launch Schedule-  www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html

ISS- http://science.howstuffworks.com/space-station.htm

What Do They Do?- http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=669

Toys in Space

Animals in Space

 


Group 4: Sanitation in Space

  • How do astronauts shower and use the bathroom in space?
  • Do they have to wash dishes or laundry?
  • How do they keep their living quarters clean?
  • What special sanitation issues do astronauts face that those of us on Earth don’t worry about?
  • How do they clean their plates and eating utencils in space?
  • What is done with the dirty clothes from astronauts? How often are you allowed to change clothes in space?
  • Since you are in space, do astronauts have to worry about germs?  Explain.

Web Resources

Baths In Space- http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=538

Germs In Space- www.pbs.org/spacestation/station/living_sanitation.htm

Space Wear-  http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/living/spacewear/index.html

Space Station Kids


Group 5: Sleep and Relaxation

  • Do astronauts require more or less sleep than normal when they are in space?
  • How long each day are astronauts required to exercise?
  • How many hours of sleep do astronauts usually get each night?
  • How do astronauts relax in space?
  • Do astronauts sleep in a bed? If they do not, how do they sleep?

Web Resources

Recreation and Sleeping

Astronaut Sleep- http://www.spacetoday.org/SpcShtls/AstronautsSleep.html

Recreation and Sleeping- http://www.pbs.org/spacestation/station/living_sleeping.htm

ISS Sleep-  http://ask.yahoo.com/20010830.html

Exercise-  http://www.pbs.org/spacestation/station/issfactsheet.htm

Space Fun- http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/living/spacefun/index.html

Space Sleep- http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/living/spacesleep/index.html

Space Station Kids

 


Group 6: International Space Station

  • Research the history of space stations
  • What is the International Space Station?
  • What is the purpose for designing the International Space Station?
  • What are the different parts of the ISS?
  • Who will man the ISS? Who are the International partners?

Web Resources

http://www.pbs.org/spacestation/

http://www.shuttlepresskit.com/ISS_OVR/index.htm

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

http://iss.jaxa.jp/kids/en/station/01.html

http://www.esa.int/esaKIDSen/SEMZXJWJD1E_LifeinSpace_0.html

 

 

 

 





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