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Mission Control: Human Spaceflight

Original Webcast Date:

May 3, 2019 at 11 am CT

Middle School



Live from the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Mission Control: Human Spaceflight is an exciting opportunity for students to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United States landing on the moon (July 20, 1969) and participate in the excitement and fascination of space and space travel without leaving their desks. This celebration of historical, current and future manned space exploration is designed to encourage students' interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
This unique journey will give students a window into some of the nation’s most prominent space institutions such as the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC), NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers, as well as the International Space Station. The program will explore NASA’s human space flight history from the Apollo Missions to the Shuttle Era to the future of space flight—the Space Launch System (SLS).
Students will further their understanding of the history of space exploration by interviewing experts, visiting space centers and examining artifacts. They will catch a glimpse into the future of the space program by observing scientists working on the SLS designed to take humans to Mars, investigate science experiments on the International Space Station, and experience the excitement of being an astronaut through an exploration of Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.





Blast off to Mars!

Are you worthy of a trip to Mars?! While we may not be quite ready for humans to make the trip, it seems we're getting closer every day! You'll have 1 and 1/2 minutes to state your case for why YOU should be selected to go on the first mission to Mars. Will you make incredible discoveries? Are you a space enthusiast? Convince NASA they should take you in this response.  Explore now!

Discussion Questions (These are the questions in the Kahoot and Quizizz, if you prefer to use them without the interactives.)

  1. What kind of rocket carried NASA astronauts to the moon? Who designed the rocket?
  2. What is the International Space Station, and what year was it completed?
  3. What does SLS stand for, and why does the SLS have three flight computers?

For additional educational resources visit these sites:

NASA Kids Club– a place to play games and learn about NASA

NASA Knows for Grades K-4- NASA has the answers to your questions about airplanes, astronauts, rockets, planets and more!

NASA Knows for Grades 5-8- NASA has the answers to your questions about airplanes, astronauts, rockets, planets and more!

NASA Career Corner for Grades 5-8– A resource for students who are interested in a future career working for NASA

NASA websites from A-Z  - An alphabetized list of websites for students from Kindergarten to 8thgrade

NASA Knows for Grades 9-12– Opportunities, Programs, and Projects for High School Students

NASA STEM Engagement- tools for young Americans and educators to learn and succeed.

STEM Activity and Toolkit Page- Launch rockets, build robots, explore your world and beyond! Our projects, toolkit and contests will take you into space without ever leaving Earth. Grades K-12

NASA Opportunities for Students in Higher Education

History and Overview of the NASA program in Alabama

What’s Next for NASA?


Mission Control: Human Spaceflight is produced in partnership with:

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Mission Control: Human Spaceflight is made possible through the generous support of:

Alabama Bicentennial Commission
Daniel Foundation of Alabama
Wells Fargo
The Malone Family Foundation
Robert Meyer Foundation

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