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Heat Transfer: MESSENGER—My Angle on Cooling

During this web seminar educators learned how to use lessons related to NASA’s exciting MESSENGER mission to Mercury. The Staying Cool lesson explores the basic concepts of light, heat, and energy to investigate how spacecraft such as MESSENGER can study planets using light and radiation without being damaged by the harsh high-temperature, high-radiation environment in which they operate. Participants of this web seminar discovered strategies for guiding students through two hands-on activities that demonstrate the effects of distance and angle of inclination on the absorption of energy.


This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators to inspire and engage a whole generation of future scientists, engineers and technicians that NASA needs to continue our journey. NES gives educators of grades 4-12 free access to NASA’s people, missions, research, and facilities. We take the work out of searching through thousands of materials on the NASA website and provide a comprehensive set of teaching materials for dozens of STEM concepts. For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

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