When it comes to space exploration, there are a lot of unknowns. For example: does time pass at a different speed in space than on Earth? How does a gaseous planet keep a spherical shape? And have there ever been life forms spotted on other planets or galaxies?
These were some of the questions posed by eighth grade students at White Bear Lake during a virtual tour with NASA physicist Dr. Sadie Elliot on February 24. Science teacher Samantha James, who took classes with Elliot while at Augsburg University, hosted the meeting which was broadcast live to students at Sunrise Park and Central Middle School. Student interviewers led the question-and-answer session with Elliot, a postdoctoral physicist at the University of Iowa, who works on NASA’s Juno mission to orbit Jupiter.
Juno was launched in 2011 and arrived in orbit from Jupiter in 2016. Its mission is to collect information which will shed light on the origin and evolution of the planet, which in turn will reveal more on the history of our solar system. Elliot’s specialty is the plasma wave …
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