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Challenge 6:
Spacecraft Safety

Teams of up to four students will design and build a model of a spacecraft that can safely transport two astronauts on a mission to the Moon, Mars, or other destinations in space. A drop test will determine how well the spacecraft will protect the astronauts during landing. During the drop test, the model spacecraft will be deployed, or dropped, from a height of at least 2 m to simulate landing. The astronauts must stay securely in their seats during the drop test. The spacecraft must also have an internal tank for fuel.

Objective:
Help design NASA’s next generation spacecraft.
Grade Level:
6-8
Time Required:
Approximately 12 – 20 Hours

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