AbstractInspired by NASA’s Activity Kit “Toys in Space” a live program was conducted during World Space Week 2003 at The Steno Museum Planetarium (in collaboration with Orion Planetarium and Tycho Brahe Planetarium).Many well known toys act familiar because of a dominating force downwards caused by gravity. But what if this force is eliminated like in weightless conditions? How does a paper airplane fly in weightless conditions? Is there magnetism in space? This live program would involve the audience in an active discussion about e.g. gravity, magnetism and the force on a slinky, leading to a qualified guess on how toys would behave in microgravity. Six toys were selected and after a hands-on demonstration in the planetarium we saw the same toys demonstrated by NASA astronauts in the Space Shuttle, so we could see if we had come to the right conclusions!
Proceedings of the 17th International Planetarium Society Conference, 2004
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17th International Planetarium Society Conference, 2004