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Science: Rockets

Learn about rocket science. Explore a timeline of rocket development from 100 B.C to our days. Find out about the first Earth’s artificial satellite, Sputnik, and the space race between two countries. Read biographies of famous scientists and their rockets. Learn principles of rocketry and the physics and mathematics involved. There is a link to an eThemes resource on water bottle rockets. Includes a lesson plan, online rocket launch simulations, and photographs.


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Learn about and listen to Sputnik, the world's first artificial satellite. Find out about its physical size and historical significance. Explore links on the left to view the timeline of first satellites, read documents and scientist biographies. Visit the "Photo Gallery" for historical images.
Read the biography of Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry.
Learn about the space race, Cold War, and scientific achievements on both sides. Includes quotes, photographs, and artist composite images.
There are photographs of several rocket models.
Here is a one-page PDF fact sheet on rockets and basic principles of physics involved in the rocket motion process.
Learn about solid-fueled and liquid-fueled rockets. Scroll down the page for in-class activities.
Learn about a rocket scientist, Wernher von Braun, and his rockets that launched the first American satellite and carried American astronauts into space.
This site has detailed information on the rockets Saturn V and Ib. Includes photographs.
Explore the history of the Saturn rockets through the process of designing to space missions.
Select links on the right for a "Brief History of Rockets", "Rocket Principles", and "Practical Rocketry". Click on the "Project X-35" link for an in-class activity designed to last for two weeks and involve students in designing, budgeting, and launching rockets. Explore other links on the page for more activities.
Build and launch a rocket online. Download the Java Applet to run the simulation off-line.
Build a rocket and launch a mission at three different levels of expertise on this interactive site from NASA.
Find out the physics and math you need to know to design a rocket. Scroll down the page and select the "My Java Rocket Simulator" link for launching a rocket online.
Here is an online interactive water rocket flight simulation.
Here is an illustrated timeline of rocketry from 100 B.C. to the 1990s.
This 132-page PDF file is a teachers guide to the science of rockets.
Here is a home page for the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). Explore links to learn about the organization, rockets, safety, and competitions.
The following sites can help students understand how physics laws create motion and propel rockets. Learn about rocketry and how to build water-bottle rockets. These sites include lesson plans, activities, rocket launchers simulators, photographs, animations, and video.

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