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ERIC Number: EJ781164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Designing for the Barely Imaginable
Fisher, Diane
Technology Teacher, v67 n3 p27-31 Nov 2007
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has already sent many technological instruments into outer space. All these instruments were designed and built especially to operate in harsh and alien environments. How do NASA engineers know what kinds of planetary instruments to develop in the first place? Well, they ask. Once engineers learn the questions to be answered, they use their know-how, ingenuity, and imaginations to come up with the kind of "sense enhancer" that will get the right kind of information and be tough enough to survive its task. In this article, the author presents an activity that requires students to design an alien world. A list of some of the new instruments and technologies developed by NASA's Planetary Instrument Definition and Development (PIDD) Program is also presented. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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