FREEBEE FRIDAY: 3, 2, 1 Blast-Off
It’s been four decades since men first went to and walked on the moon, and NASA is now taking the first steps back toward sending astronauts on lunar missions. The first tangible step in the next journey to the moon is the test firing of the new Ares 1-X rocket, which occurred yesterday morning. The rocket’s innovative engine fired for the expected 2 minutes, the second stage separated and fell back to earth for recovery. In other words, it was a success. The NASA Web site has more than enough resources for a middle or high school science class to look at and learn from the test. The best part is images and video of the rocket’s Ullage engine being tested, which could easily be the basis of a lesson Newton’s laws of motion. The video is very cool and has a lesson inside it.