Toys in Space

We watched a video that was made by NASA from the "Liftoff to Learning " series. We got our information about toys on Earth by observing them. We got our information about toys in space from the video.

The thing hat makes toys behave differently in space is because in space there is not as much gravity as on Earth. in space there is micro-gravity. The toys float like they don't weigh anything. Like pool ball floats slower than a racquet ball. So we found out that if a toy has less mass it floats faster than a toy with more mass.

 TYPE OF TOY How it acts on Earth How it acts in space WIND UP TOY It flips over and over on a table top It flips high in the air and to slow it down the astronaut taped it to a book and it still flipped high in the air but more slowly THE FLAPPING BIRD On Earth when the wings flap it flies straight. And falls if the wings don't flap It goes in circles around the wings if the wings flap and soars up if the wings are still GYROSCOPE When it is spinning if you knock it, it will wobble and go off its plane of spin If you hit it while spinning it will st stable on its axis. If the axis is steady the power from the spin is controlled. BALL IN A CUP To toss the ball up into the cup you make the cup raise to meet the ball and it stays in the cup In space, if you push the cup toward the ball the ball floats away and won't stay in the cup