These lessons are geared for younger students. Many lessons will, however, include activities for the older student. Parents/teachers will easily find the answers to questions in the text, and should prepare themselves by reading the stated pages prior to having the student read the weekly assignment. If a child is not able to read yet, parents may wish to read the text to the student.
- Pages 28–35
- Job 26:7
- Psalm 19
Questions to answer:
- Trace the development of rockets throughout history. (You’ll probably need to check sources other than The Astronomy Book for a more complete overview.)
- What problems needed to be overcome in building the first practical rockets?
- What do the initials N.A.S.A. stand for?
- Who was Wernher von Braun? Write a short research paper on his life and the contributions he made to rocket science. (See also, for example, this article for more information.)
- What happened on July 16, 1969? July 20, 1969?
- When was the last time someone took a trip to the moon?
- What was the “Cold War”? What impact did it have on space programs?
- What is Mir?
- What is the difference between a manned mission and an unmanned mission? What functions do both serve?
NOTE: The NASA Web site has more information about space exploration. However the contents of the NASA Web site often contain evolutionary-based ideas.
Words to know:
- Reusable vehicle
- Space shuttle
Draw a timeline illustrating the history of space exploration.