Lunar and Planetary Institute






Space Capsules

Welcome to Explore! Space Capsules

Space capsules are the compartments designed to support humans during their journeys through space. In addition to keeping astronauts secure during launch or re-entry, capsules must protect them from the cold of space and space radiation.  They also have to contain the basic elements that astronauts need to live—air to breathe, water to drink, and food to eat—and provide a way to communicate with mission control.  Children create and build capsules designed to each carry an egg in The Egg-stronaut Drop.  They discover what capsule designs were successful—and which were not—at protecting their fragile cargos when the capsules are dropped from a high point.  The activities are suitable for children ages 8-13 unless otherwise noted in the “activities” section.  Discover links to additional games, activities, and information in the “further resources” section.

Last updated
May 27, 2009