What kinds of things do you think make outer space dangerous?
What dangers do you think there might be living inside the spacecraft?
Which traits do you think changed while Scott Kelly was in space? Why do you think those traits changed?
This cool activity challenges students to build a “lander” from simple materials, such as straws, paper, and mini-marshmallows. The goal is to create a design that will keep astronauts from getting hurt when they land on another planet. Discussion questions, extensions, and a downloadable PDF, available in both English and Spanish, are included. (Grades 3–8, NASA/JPL)
Readings from Newsela are free with registration and can be adjusted for reading level. Writing prompts and quiz questions are available for most readings.
Whether you’re trying to move or work or even just breathe, living in space is filled with challenges.