Send Anniversary Greetings to Hubble
Make your class's voice a part of Hubble history!
A classroom activity to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope!
Have your class send a message to Hubble that will be stored permanently in the Hubble archive.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope sparked a revolution in astronomy when it opened its "eye" on the universe over 20 years ago, and its spectacular images and discoveries have forever changed our view of the cosmos.
What about Hubble has captivated you? Was it seeing a particular image, watching the astronauts work on the telescope, hearing of a new discovery? Since Hubble's 20th birthday anniversary in April of 2010, the Space Telescope Science Institute has been working to capture the human side of Hubble's story. Astronomy fans around the globe can "send a message to Hubble," telling how the telescope has inspired them. Messages can be short or long, a sentence or several paragraphs.
Messages will be permanently stored in the Hubble archive along with the telescope's science data, making each message forever a part of Hubble history. In the future, researchers may read your message and better understand how one telescope changed humanity's views of the universe.
ACTIVITY FOR K-12 CLASSROOMS
- Provide students with background information about the Hubble Mission. Students can read the April, 2010 Star Witness News story about Hubble's 20th birthday, "Hubble Celebrates a Stellar Anniversary." Students then participate in a class discussion about Hubble and its scientific achievements. You can use the selection's associated "Discussion Questions" as a guide for leading the discussion.
- Students then generate "a message to Hubble" telling how the telescope, its images, or its discoveries inspire them. Options include:
- Creating one message as a class that is recorded and submitted by the teacher.
- Having students individually create their own messages. One message is selected based upon teacher established criteria and submitted by the teacher.
- Or having students create messages in cooperative teams. Each team presents their message to the class and students vote for the one that they think is the best. The winning message is submitted by the teacher.
- It is important that messages are submitted by the teacher to represent the class. Messages can include the class' name (i.e. Mrs. Doe's Class), grade level, and name of school. However, messages should not identify individual students or include student contact information.
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