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Aerospace is about flying in Earth’s atmosphere and its surrounding outer space. The word is a combination of aeronautics or aviation and space. The science and technology of flying in Earth’s atmosphere is called aeronautics while flying in outer space is called astronautics.

Rocketry is about the science and technology of rocket design, construction, and flight. A rocket is typically a vehicle that obtains thrust or power from a rocket engine. Rocket engines use various types of fuel that when burned in the rocket engine provides propulsion. Propulsion is based on Newton’s Third Law of physics which states that for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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Expeditions are journeys made by people who share a definite purpose and specific experiences. To make their expeditions successful, NASA works with astronaut crews on skills that prepare them to live and work together during space missions. Some of these same skills are useful in everyday life here on Earth. 4-H is a positive youth development program that prepares youth for life and work. Together, NASA and 4-H are creating activities to take you through various educational expeditions that will help you learn and practice skills that you can apply in almost every aspect of life.

Curriculum Resources

How do things fly? How do rockets work? What makes a hot air balloon go up into the air? Learn more about cultural competency and other expeditionary skills at www.nasa.gov/education/4H. Click here to view and download the 4-H Aerospace Curriculum. 

Contact your local Extension office to ask about getting involved.

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