Seven Minutes of Terror: The Engineering Behind Landing on Other Planets

October 26, 2016 | 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Presented Online

Learn about all the different ways we've landed on other planets in this episode of STEM in 30 with NASA scientist Ian Clark, Goddard Historian Bill Siders, and Astronauts Paolo Nespoli and Timothy Kopra.

Rocket thrusters, giant airbags, and a sky crane: these are just a few ways we have landed on other planets. This episode of STEM in 30 will explore the engineering behind these different techniques and what is in store for future missions.

This program is made possible through the generous support of NASA.

Additional Teacher Resources 

Bonus Video: Exploring Robert Goddard's Lab and Legacy 

Next Generation Science Standards:

MS-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

MS-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.

MS-PS3-1 Energy
Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.

MS-PS3-5 Energy
Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.