Lunar and Planetary Institute






Space Travel

In Texas, teachers are expected to teach about human and robotic missions in space.

6.13 B The student is expected to describe types of equipment and transportation needed for space travel

Preliminary Concepts
Students need to understand what "space" is; space travel ranges from orbiting above Earth's atmosphere, to traveling to distant planets. They need to understand the basic challenges of space: variations in temperatures from extreme heat to extreme cold, radiation, weightlessness, lack of availability of resources (such as air and water), etc.

Misconceptions and Educational Research

Activities about Space Travel

Content Resources for the Pre-Service Educator

Potential Questions or Issues