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Physics for Future Presidents: Space

Topics for Space Exploration Group (p.72 to 94 on Physics for Future Presidents) and HASBOT “Is There Life in Space?”

 Misconceptions about Gravity

 What is Weight vs. Mass?

 What is “Weightlessness” (In an falling elevator vs. in orbit)

Strength of Gravity When Distance Increases

How to Launch a Satellite in Orbit

  •  ESOA (a nonprofit organization for satellite operators)

3 Main Satellite Orbits and Their Applications, Geostationary vs. Geosynchronous Satellites

How Does GPS Work?

  GRACE Satellites and their Replacements

 Manufacturing Objects in Space


Escape Velocity

What is “g”?

X-Prize vs. what other space agencies like NASA do

 Energy needed to reach 100km vs. get into orbit


Rocket Science

·      Cost to put an object in orbit per pound or kg

·      Mass of Fuel Needed vs. Mass of Payload

·      Why Use Multi-staged Rockets

Other ways to go into space and orbits

·      Space Elevator/Skyhook

·      Rail Guns

·      Ion Propulsion Rockets

·      Using airplanes





 Black Holes (What they are and misconceptions about them)


Ways to Detect Planets around other Stars (HASBOT) 

·      Kepler’s


 Kepler's New Mission as K2



NASA’s Budget and Its Percentage of Federal Budget/Our Taxes

Compare NASA’s budget to other major federal spending like defense or Social Security/Medicare



 Spying with Invisible Light


X-Ray Backscatter



Russia's New Hypersonic Missile




NASA's Other Models for Habitable Zone