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Instruments for Exploration

Journal Entry - Take out your science journal and answer the following question(s) (use drawings as appropriate):
What instruments do scientists use to learn about space?

View the slide show and then do the quizzes. This explains optical telescopes.

  • Divide your friends into five groups. Assign each group one of the following categories:
    • Telescopes
    • Space probes
    • Rockets
    • Space shuttle
    • Space station
  • Research your topics using books, encyclopedias, and the Internet.
  • Share your information through an oral presentation with visual aids with your friends.

Visit the following website:


The purpose of visiting this site is to help you understand the instruments used to observe the universe, the role of computers in understanding the solar system, and the technology used to study the universe.


  • List three technologies that scientists are using to study the universe.
  • Describe the advantages of using un-manned spacecraft over manned spacecraft.
  • How has NASA benefited from the development of computers?
  • How have you benefited from advancements in the space program?


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Get the plug-ins: Get Adobe Acrobat Reader , and Get Quicktime Player. (The QuickTime plug-in is needed to play sounds and movies correctly.)

Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.

Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

Teachers should view the Teacher Site Map to relate Sci-ber text and the USOE 6th grade science core.

Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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