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Space Place: Launch a Rocket from a Spinning Planet! DLESE Reviewed Collection
This playground demonstration (using a merry-go-round) shows angular momentum and why rockets are launched in a certain direction and at a certain time. From a moving merry-go-round, participants attempt to throw small balls into a basket on the ground. It includes an explanation, with animated graphics.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Informal
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-377
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: NASA JPL