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Stephen Edberg’s Space Science Labs

Stephen J. Edberg (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA) has written two interesting labs using our sensors to study topics in space science. One lab is modeled after spacecraft that use magnetometers to explore the interiors of planets. Students use our Magnetic Field Sensor to investigate models of planets made of clay that have magnets imbedded inside. This lab can be seen at vernier_planetmagfield.pdf.

There is a lower tech version, with more detailed discussion, at http://eis.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini_epo/education/pdfs/Planetary_Magnetics.pdf

Edberg's second lab uses our Light Sensor to teach students about forward scattering of light with reference to the study of interstellar dust clouds, planetary atmospheres, and planetary ring systems. Water with a few drops of milk added is used to scatter the light. This lab is at vernier_scattering.pdf

A lower-tech version and more detailed discussion at http://eis.jpl.nasa.gov/cassini_epo/education/pdfs/Scattering.pdf

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