Potato Astronaut Exploration Brief: Micrometeoroids and Space Debris

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The effects of high-speed micrometeoroid impacts are simulated with a potato and a straw in two activities.Part 1: Students will investigate the relationship between velocity and penetration depth when a potato is struck with a plastic straw. Part 2: Challenge the students to design a way to protect the potato from damage caused by impacts using just the materials they brought to the classroom. (See page 69 of guide.)

Tags: velocity, kinetic energy, law of conservation, momentum, penetration, aerogel, stardust mission, impact

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Year1998
Grade Level4 - 6
Media TypeURL
File Size 4KB
Topics Integrating Technology
Mathematics
Physical Science
Physics
Science and Mathematics
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