This experiment serves as an introduction to concepts relating to size and distance, the solar system, and satellites. In this V-Lab, students will design their own satellite to explore the universe from low earth orbit. This satellite will provide scientists data and pictures about all of the planets. Students will be challenged to decide what must be placed on this satellite for a successful mission and the collection of all necessary data. Students will also learn about the size of objects in our solar system and their comparison to other objects in our galaxy. There are opportunities to explore the motions of the planets, as well as comparing scale properties of objects in the solar system.

Skill Level: Beginner