From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA

    Supplementary materials hosted on DropBox

    With support from NASA, we are delighted to be able to make the materials on this page freely available for educational use. While designed to accompany the fulldome show From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA, these resources can be used independently of the show to explore engineering themes in more depth, and can be adapted for use in any Planetarium program or classroom session.

    Each module is a 10-20 minute experience and consists of a prerecorded video and/or live, presenter-led activities.

    Videos are available in two formats:

    • - Fulldome view for Planetarians
    • - Standard view for classroom educators

    Please note that clicking on a download link will take you first to a brief survey that will help us understand how these materials are being used and how we can continue to make resources like these in the future.*

    *The Museum of Science will not share contact information with any third party sources.

    Fixing the Hubble Space Telescope

    This 8-minute video for fulldome theaters or classrooms explores the challenges and engineering behind the Hubble repair. It includes recorded narration and music and features the voice of astronaut Jeff Hoffman, one of the astronauts on Hubble’s Servicing Mission 1 in 1993.

     Watch a short preview

    Teacher bundle includes:

    • Educator Guide (pdf)

    • Video User Guide (pdf)

    • Video with captions

    » Download for teachers

    Planetarian bundle includes:

    • Planetarian Handbook (pdf)

    • Video with narration

    » Download for planetarians

    2K or 4K domemasters and 5.1 surround or stereo audio files are available upon request by contacting fulldome@mos.org.

    Gravity and Space Travel

    This series of short (1-3 minute) clips for fulldome theaters or classrooms examines the use of gravity assists in space travel, and introduces audiences to the concepts of momentum and energy conservation. This module includes recorded narration and music but is designed to be flexible so that planetarians or teachers can opt to present portions of this content live, rather than using the full prerecorded clips.

     Watch a short preview

    Teacher bundle includes:

    • Educator Guide (pdf)

    • Video User Guide (pdf)

    • Videos with captions (5)

    » Download for teachers

    Planetarian bundle includes:

    • Planetarian Handbook (pdf)

    • Videos with narration (5)

    » Download for planetarians

    2K or 4K domemasters and 5.1 surround or stereo audio files are available upon request by contacting fulldome@mos.org.

    Design a Mission

    This downloadable bundle includes a series of visual sequences that can be used by a live Planetarium presenter and provides an opportunity to interact with visitors or students while exploring some of the basic steps in the engineering design process. Audiences or students will take an active role in selecting a mission and making spacecraft design choices and later learn whether their mission choices led to failure or success. A web-based version of the activity is available for teachers to use with their students.

     Watch a short preview

    Teacher bundle includes:

    • Educator and User Guide (pdf)

    • Web-based activity

    » Download for teachers

    Planetarian bundle includes:

    • Planetarian Handbook (pdf)

    • Videos (13)

    » Download for planetarians

    2K or 4K domemasters and 5.1 surround or stereo audio files are available upon request by contacting fulldome@mos.org.

    Additional Materials

    These two additional educator guides explore other engineering themes: the uses of infrared astronomy and waves and information transfer. Each guide includes background information and useful links. Please note that, unlike the other materials, these are standalone guides and do not have associated video clips.

    Teacher bundle includes:

    • Infrared Astronomy Educator Guide (pdf)

    • Waves and Information Transfer Educator Guide (pdf)

    » Download for teachers

    These materials are based upon work supported by NASA under grant number NNX12AL19G. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the Museum of Science, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).