Aerogel-lo, Technology For Studying Comets: Part 3 Aerogel

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This activity offers a simple approach for “experiencing” aerogel. Aerogel is an amazing feat of technology that was used by the STARDUST spacecraft to capture high-velocity interstellar dust and particles from the coma of comet Wild 2. This demonstration uses gelatin and pellets to show how STARDUST’s aerogel collector captured comet particles. The gelatin is referred to as “aerogel-lo.” The activity starts on page 9 of the document.

Tags: stardust mission, kinetic energy, observation, mass, momentum, measurement, acceleration, velocity, micrometeoroids, aerogel

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NASA Approved Materials

Year2011
Grade Level4 - 6
Media TypeLesson Plan in PDF
File Size 4KB
Topics Backyard Science
Engineering
General Science
Physical Science
Physics
Science and Mathematics
Space Science
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