Landing a space vehicle on the moon or any planet with a thin or no atmosphere is a problem. Parachutes are ruled out because there is no atmosphere to employee the parachute.
Discuss with the students the importance of landing safely on a planet without an atmosphere. Explain they have a problem and they have X amount of time to solve this problem. They must prove their solution works. They are to get a raw egg safely to the ground from a height of at least 30 feet, (off the school roof over a banister from the second floor, etc.) without parachutes and in some container smaller than a shoe box. Cracked or broken eggs will be considered evidence for further experimentation.
Have the students determine the following:
After the experiment discuss what sort of devices, construction and materials seemed to work the best. Ask the students how they planned and tested their devices.
Have the students research how NASA and other aerospace agencies have worked out the problem of landing delicate cargo on other planets.
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