Eyes in the Sky

by Bryan Yager

1995 The Regents of the University of California

Lesson Plan

The Itech students will be using the Communications lab to use technology to learn about the HST (Hubble Space Telescope) and the EUVE (Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer) NASA satellite missions.


  1. Distribute module packets with worksheets describing use of the modem or the World Wide Web, projects and extended activities and rocketry information. Include electromagnetic spectrum activities such as Electromagnetic Spectrum on Trial Lesson Plan and examples of HST's Greatest Hits Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute Explorations in Education.

  2. Discuss the advantages of orbiting observatories and the latest NASA missions.

  3. If Using the modem, have students navigate from the CORE (teacher account for now) to telnet and then to NASA Spacelink.

  4. If your class has access to the World Wide Web, have students access NASA Spacelink via Mosaic or another compatible browser.

  5. From the main NASA Spacelink menu, have students move to the following topics: Space Exploration, Space Observatories, and the EUVE mission. Down load any one of eight entries and include them in your packet. Repeat the same procedure for the HST. Further information on the EUVE mission can be found in the CEA Home Page

  6. Select Instructional Materials from the Main Menu and go to Very Lo-Res Graphics. Print out any one of 12 Lo-Res graphics and include it in your packet.

  7. Return to NASA Spacelink main menu and select NASA Education Programs. Select NASA Select programming and print the daily programming guide. Using your guide and the Satellite Dish position receiver to Sat Com 2 Transponder 5 Channel 9 and view and record a 10 minute segment.

  8. This type of data exploration can lead into a rocket construction and to launching activities.

    Here's a picture of one of my students working on our satellite dish!


    These are some of the examples of students' class activities:

    1. Using your modem and computer navigate through CORE to NASA Spacelink and locate the Space Colony Design Contest. Read all parameters and rules and consider entering this contest. Next year's 1st place wins a week at Space Camp.

    2. Complete the Ralston Rocketry module by launching your rocket and recording your results. Check off all items in your packet including:
      • Artillery game
      • Flight Computer program
      • Rocket fabrication.

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