Introducing Space Junk
The International Space Station (ISS) recently sprang a “minute pressure leak” 2mm wide. While no official explanation has been made, one of the potential causes could be a small piece of space junk. The US government currently tracks about 23 000 human-made objects floating in space that are larger than a softball. These satellites and chunks of junk zip around the planet at more than 27 360 km/h, approximately 10 times the speed of a bullet.
In this course, students are introduced to ‘what is space junk?’ This course is to be undertaken by students prior to doing the onsite Ecolinc Space Junk program.
Year Level: 5 – 6
It would be beneficial for students to have a basic understanding of our solar system prior to undertaking this course.
This course is an introduction to the onsite Space Junk program. Students will need to complete this course prior to attending Ecolinc.
- Students are able to use appropriate scientific language to communicate science ideas.
- Students are able to understand the issues surrounding space junk.
Estimated Duration: 20 minutes
Science – Science as a human endeavour
Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073)