Here are the three choices for your shuttle pop up book. You will receive all of the requirements in class tomorrow.
- Describe the space shuttle program and its history.
- Explain the purpose of the STS-132 mission, its crew, and its destination.
- Illustrate the parts of the space shuttle and how it opreates including launch and landing.
Make sure you have found the answers to the following questions and saved them to a document:
Part 1 Research:
- How many shuttle orbiters have there been and what are their names?
- When did the first shuttle launch? Which one was it? Who were the crew?
- Where do shuttles launch from?
- Where can shuttles land?
- What are the parts of a shuttle?
- How is a shuttle protected during reentry?
Go here and complete the Mission Planner for STS-132.
- What is the purpose of STS-132?
- What orbiter is being used for STS-132?
- How many times has the orbiter in question #2 flown?
- What is historic about the flight of STS-132?
- When is STS-132 scheduled to launch?
- Who are the crew members for STS-132, and what are their jobs?
- Choose one of the crew members for STS-132 to research more about.
Most of you have heard by now that I have been chosen to be part of an incredible opportunity next Thursday and Friday. NASA is a big presence on Twitter interacting with space enthusiasts, and inviting selected individuals to be part of tweetups. (If you recall, I went to one of these in February to visit the Johnson Space center in Houston.)
On Friday, May 14, shuttle Atlantis will launch in Florida. NASA has invited 150 Twitter users to watch the launch from the press site (near the countdown clock). This is the second launch tweetup that NASA has sponsored. (The first was for STS-129.) Sadly, the shuttle program is winding down. In fact, there are only three scheduled launches left to occur before the entire program is shut down (next week’s, one in September, and one in November or later). STS-132 will be the final launch of the Atlantis orbiter.
I am making plans to interact and communicate with all of my classes while I am in Florida in order to share my adventure with all of you. Make sure you watch the web site for updates and videos that I post. Feel free to leave comments and questions, and I’ll do my best to answer them.
The best way to follow this adventure is to follow the Twitter feed. I am @mrswilsonsci on Twitter and the #nasatweetup hashtag is another place to find comments about the tweetup.
There are a couple of other teachers also going to the tweetup, and I will be linking to their blogs so you can follow the launch from their perspectives as well. I look forward to sharing this amazing experience with all of you!