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This website is an internet version of an historical NASA publication containing information about the development of missions to the planet Mars. This report covers the evolution of thought and interest surrounding this planet, the aims and objectives of Martian exploration, the curiosity and search for Martian life and the development of exobiology as a science. Details about specific experiments ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Index / Bibliography, Book - text, In-situ dataset
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This is an electronic version of an historical NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) publication, written by members of the Apollo program, containing information about the history and accomplishments of NASA's Apollo space program. Beginning with pre-space years and the first man in flight from the USSR, this publication looks into the beginnings of the Apollo space program and the ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Illustration - artistic, Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Report
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This is an electronic version of an historical NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) publication containing information about the history of manned lunar spacecraft up to the Apollo 11 mission which successfully landed on the Moon. This book goes through the beginning of our National Space Policy including issues such as funding, challenges, and planning of the Apollo missions. There ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Imagery - remotely sensed, Photograph, Index / Bibliography, Book - text
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This internet version of an historical NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) publication contains information about Project Mercury, the first manned space flight program in the United States. This document chronicles the three major phases of the Mercury program - conception, research and development, and operation. It includes major events leading to the project, the objectives of ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Photograph, Report
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This internet version of an historical NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) publication contains information about Project Gemini, which laid the groundwork for the Apollo missions. The history of this project is told in three parts. Part I, Concept and Design, discusses the formal initiation of Project Gemini (first designated the Mercury Mark II project). Part II, Chronology, Development ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Photograph, Report
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This is an electronic version of an historical NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) publication about the United States Apollo lunar missions. This report discusses the beginning of the Apollo program from the organization of space exploration, the decision to begin Apollo, the progress and planning of the missions, Moon landing site selections, crew selections, the accomplishments ... Full description.
Grade level: General public
Resource type: Photograph, Report
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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The Online Ethics Center (OEC) for Engineering and Ethics works to provide engineers, scientists, and science and engineering students with resources for understanding and addressing ethically significant problems that arise in their work and to serve those who are promoting learning and advancing the understanding of responsible research and practice in science and engineering. The Center occasionally ... Full description.
Grade level: Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Report, Ask an expert
Subject: Educational theory and practice, History and philosophy of science
 
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This lesson includes a theory-evaluation activity. A set of five scenarios (theories for how diverse life came into existence on Earth) is divided evenly throughout the class, so each student is asked to evaluate one theory. Students then come together in groups of five, so that all theories are represented in each group, where they are compared and evaluated. Each group reports to the entire class ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: Biology, History and philosophy of science
 
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This lesson introduces the heliocentric theory of Copernicus, the ideas behind it and the explanations which it displaced. A discussion of retrograde motion of planets helps the students understand the logic underlying the ideas of both Ptolemy and Copernicus. It explains the observed motion of the planets and the concept of retrograde motion. Students will understand how Hipparchus and Ptolemy explained ... Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12)
Resource type: Lesson plan
Subject: History and philosophy of science, Space science
 
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This activity allows students to explore the accuracy of weather folklore and design an experiment that puts it to the test. Students learn that people observed the natural world and looked for patterns to help explain and predict weather and that many of these observations were turned into sayings and passed down through generations. Students collect sayings from family and friends and a class list ... Full description.
Grade level: Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity
Subject: Atmospheric science, History and philosophy of science
 
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