Exploring the Original Transcripts of Early Space Exploration

This website is a really cool website that provides the shows the transcripts of various space explorations. With it, you can read what is going on during various phases of the trips, with some photos of the moments added in. Also, at the bottom, there is an option to see the path that the aircraft took and at what point that phase is.

This can be used in a variety of ways. First of all, in science class, explore what everything means. What do they say during take off? What are they looking at, and what buttons are they pressing? Look at photos of the aircrafts and imagine the astronauts that are actually in them. Also, explore the reasons for the paths. Why can’t the aircraft go straight there and back in a circle? Why must they go in a figure 8 formation?

In English class, work on a creative writing exercise. What do the students think they would talk about on an aircraft for several days? I’m sure there was more than just professional talk. Did they talk about their families, about movies, about music? Write a conversation. Or, write a series of diary entries. What would be your thoughts aboard the aircraft? Concerns or celebrations?


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