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Half Term Project

History Hunters.


We have looked at The Space Race as part of our new topic in humanities.


The Space Race - USA and USSR

For many years, the USA and USSR were in a race to conquer space. In 1957, Russia sent Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, into space. President Kennedy responded by promising to send an American to the Moon. Eventually the two nations decided to end the Cold War and work together and, in 1981, the space shuttle Columbia was launched.


Your project this week is to make an Astronaut Lander.

Landing on the Moon and Mars is tricky. A lander headed to the Moon can go as fast as 24,816 miles (39,937 kilometres) per hour. Those on their way to Mars might go up to 13,000 miles (21,000 kilometres) per hour. To land gently, these spacecraft need to slow down before touching the surface! And if there are astronauts on board, the lander needs to keep them safe, too.

In this challenge, use what you know and what you can investigate about gravity, motion, forces and a target of your choosing (the Moon, Mars or beyond!) to design and build a lander that will protect two "astronauts" when they touch down. Just as engineers had to develop solutions for landing different kinds of vehicles on the Moon and Mars, you will follow the engineering design process to design and build a shock-absorbing system out of simple materials; and improve your design based on the results of your test landings.

Take a look at the link below, this will guide and help you through your project.





These are some extra websites that will provide you with more information.