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Field Trip: Space Flight

Go on a virtual journey from Earth, to the International Space Station, to the Moon and beyond. Experience the thrill! See the sites! And discover what goes into successful mission planning.

Watch the video and then test your knowledge.

aerial view of dry land
1

What does this satellite image show?

 

The Sahara Desert

 

Utah

 

Kazakhstan

 

Mars

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ANSWER: Kazakhstan

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2

What did NOT launch from Kazakhstan?

 

All Russian Soyuz spacecraft

 

The first person to go to space

 

Astronauts from over a dozen countries going to the International Space Station

 

SpaceX Dragon, the first commercial spacecraft to carry astronauts

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ANSWER: SpaceX Dragon, the first commercial spacecraft to carry astronauts

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view of Earth from afar
3

What does this orbital path show?

 

A comet

 

The Moon

 

The International Space Station (ISS)

 

A telecommunications satellite

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ANSWER: The International Space Station (ISS)

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How far above Earth does the ISS orbit?

 

250 miles (400 km)

 

22,000 miles (35,000 km)

 

250,000 miles (400,000 km)

 

34,000,000 miles (54,000,000 km)

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ANSWER: 250 miles (400 km)

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aerial view of site
5

What does this image show?

 

Kennedy Space Center in Florida

 

A launchpad in Japan

 

A Tesla manufacturing plant

 

Houston Space Center in Texas

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ANSWER: Kennedy Space Center in Florida

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Which is an important feature of a launch site?

 

Close to the North Pole, where Earth’s spin is slowest

 

Near an astronaut training center

 

By the ocean

 

In an unpopulated area

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ANSWER: In an unpopulated area

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manmade craft hovering above Earth
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What is this an image of?

 

Mir space station

 

The ISS

 

SpaceX Dragon

 

Apollo 8

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ANSWER: The ISS

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8

How is the ISS powered?

 

Wind energy

 

Nuclear energy

 

Solar energy

 

Coal

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ANSWER: Solar energy

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close-up of manmade craft in space
9

What part of the ISS is pictured here?

 

Bay windows where astronauts can view Earth and space

 

A hydroponic farm

 

An escape hatch

 

The first hotel room in space

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ANSWER: Bay windows where astronauts can view Earth and space

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What is NOT among the international contributions to the ISS?

 

A robotic arm from Canada

 

An experiment module from Japan

 

Delivery of astronauts by Russian spacecraft

 

A brick pizza oven from the US

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ANSWER: A brick pizza oven from the US

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view of Earth from afar with yellow lines around it
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What do these lines represent?

 

Communications satellites

 

Near-Earth asteroids

 

Solar wind

 

Airplanes

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ANSWER: Communications satellites

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12

What is NOT an important consideration when planning a launch?

 

Weather conditions

 

Future location of target when spacecraft arrives

 

How much fuel is needed to leave Earth’s atmosphere

 

Which country the astronauts are from

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ANSWER: Which country the astronauts are from

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view of space with object that has circular lines around it
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What do these orbit lines represent?

 

Satellites

 

The inner planets

 

Moons of Jupiter

 

Asteroids

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ANSWER: The inner planets

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Which is NOT a danger in sending people to Mars?

 

Loss of muscle mass during six months of weightlessness 

 

Stronger radiation from the Sun outside Earth’s magnetosphere

 

Unpredictability of Mars’ location six months in the future

 

Microscopic debris hitting the spacecraft

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ANSWER: Unpredictability of Mars’ location six months in the future

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