Rendezvous with a Comet (10am - 12pm & 12pm - 2pm)
Team members work as scientists and engineers heading to rendezvous with a comet as part of the continued study of our Solar System. Rendezvous missions are critical in helping scientists verify and better understand data collected by other missions currently occurring, such as STARDUST and its capture of material from the coma of Comet Wild-2 in 2004 and the return of that material to Earth in 2006. Actual samples provided by STARDUST establish baseline data on comets that are used for future explorations.
Each workshop is 2 hours long, and they are available at 10:00 AM and 12:00PM. Workshops include:
This two-hour workshop, facilitated by a Challenger Space Center Flight Director, focuses on the eight planets in our solar system. Through the use of hands-on creative activities, student explore what it takes to be an astronaut. Utilizing teamwork, students are introduced to the different areas of manned space flight and take a trip in the Earth-Space Transit Module (ESTM).
Congratulations! Your team has been selected by NASA to submit a design for the new Orion capsule heat shield. In order to win the contract, you must build a model capable of surviving the heat of reentry. It must also be as economical and lightweight as possible. Students will also explore the nature of light and a guided tour of the Challenger facility.