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Physical Science

Explore our learning resources related to physical science.

Teach your students and kids about physical sciences with National Air and Space Museum resources, including interactive activities, videos, episodes of our middle school webcast STEM in 30, the EZ Science video series with director Ellen Stofan, and more.

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Airfoil diagram showing air flow over a wing

Air in Motion

View of airplane landing with wing tip vortices visible in colored smoke

Vortex Drag

Photograph of Kittinger Jump taken from gondola

Free Fall

Science Experiment at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Bernoulli Brain-Teasers


Air Pressure

NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren

What Marshmallows Teach Us About Space

El Niño - Comparing 1997 to 2015

Noodling Around With Air Pressure

Battleship with guns firing on each side.

LIT! Air Pressure Demonstration

How Things Fly Explainers Demonstrate Forces of Flight

Air Pressure


Is Air Really There?


Balloons & Airships

Breitling Orbiter 3 Balloon

EZ Science: Balloon Science

Many multicolored balloons float in the air.

Hot Air Balloons and Air Pressure

How Things Fly Explainer Demonstrates Bernoulli's Principle

Lighter Than Air

How Things Fly buoyancy information


Alan Eustace jump suit hanging on display

Plummeting Through the Layers of the Atmosphere


Flight Dynamics

Blue and white monoplane with red trim and sponsor logos, hanging inverted

Roll, Pitch, and Yaw

White Against Earth Limb

Is There Gravity in Orbit?

Screen shot of How Things Fly online activity Orbital Motion

Orbital Motion


Gravity and Air

Explainer Demonstration

Gravity Keeps Us Down to Earth



Hurricane Irene from the GOES-13 Satellite

Rock Me Like a Hurricane: Earth's Largest Storms

boots in the rain

How Weather Impacts Air Travel

fly with the hurricane hunters

The Hurricane Hunters



Front-side view of engine on Sopwith F.1 Camel aircraft

Thrust: Propellers

Pratt & Whitney JT9D in Jet Aviation

Three Types of Engines

F-1 rocket engines in Apollo to the Moon

Thrust: Rocket Engines

More about Rockets and Missiles