Columbia: NASA blew it

Word Count / Video Length: 379 / 10:00 mins

NASA’s return to space after the Columbia disaster was “ugly” and fraught with internal arguments and mistrust, says Charles Camarda – a NASA astronaut who flew on the mission. This gripping video could be used with students researching how scientists reflect on historical events to help them gather data, solve problems and make decisions.

Download the discussion cards below to find out what students currently think and know about space exploration.

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Years: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Topics:

Chemical Sciences – Chemical Reactions, Solids/Liquids/Gases

Earth and Space Sciences – The Solar System, The Changing Earth

Physical Sciences – Forces, Energy

Additional: Careers, Technology, Engineering.

Concepts (South Australia):

Chemical Sciences – Change of Matter

Earth and Space Sciences – Earth in Space

Physical Sciences – Forces and Motion, Energy