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Micro-g — One of the Best Modules Yet

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Our newest DIY Podcast module is one of the best yet — IMHO — in my humble opinion.

With the Micro-g module, you and your students can build podcast episodes about the fun part of space exploration — microgravity.

Water sphere floats with colored candies and the symbol for microgravity inside it

Fifty-five video clips are in this module. Nancy Hall, a NASA engineer for space station research, explains microgravity and NASA’s interest in using microgravity research.

Mike Fincke has firsthand experience with microgravity — more than just a little. As an astronaut, he has spent more time in space than any other U.S. citizen. Fincke has logged 381 days, 15 hours and 11 minutes in orbit. He was a space station science officer and flight engineer for Expedition 9 on the International Space Station in 2004. In October 2008, he returned to the station as the commander of Expedition 18. His most recent mission in orbit (and in microgravity) was space shuttle mission STS-134 in 2011. In the videos, Fincke shares his experiences in microgravity.

Expedition 20 and 21 flight engineers Nicole Stott and Bob Thirsk discuss microgravity from the station.

Besides those interviews, we have fun B-roll — you know, that extra background footage like they use on the news. This footage includes astronauts enjoying free fall by doing things you can’t do on Earth. Footage also shows the behavior of liquids in microgravity. You can use footage of NASA’s microgravity platforms that show how NASA creates microgravity on Earth — reduced-gravity aircraft, the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and drop towers.

Start previewing and downloading now. Students are sure to have fun with this module.

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