Courtesy of McREL
Students at Aurora Hills Middle School (CO) Participate in Extreme Navigation
On a warm spring day on the last day of school, students in Ms. Kotnis' sixth grade science class participated in a trial of a newly developed activity called Extreme Navigation. In the activity, developed by Dr. V. Art Hammon at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California, students simulated comet Hartley 2 along its elliptical orbit while other students in "mission control" planned the trajectory and launch time of their simulated EPOXI spacecraft. Several teams accomplished the goal of a perfect rendezvous with Hartley 2. Students provided feedback which will help us refine the activity before it is posted on the EPOXI web site. One student commented, "The activity that we did outside was interesting and fun at the same time." The field trial was conducted by John Ristvey and Judy Counley from Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning for the Stardust-NExT mission.