The Universe: Edge of Space

Subject: Science & Health
Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Source: HISTORY Classroom

This episode of the History series explores the commercial and scientific opportunities in the 1,100 mile-band around Earth where most exploration occurs. Low Earth Orbit, 120 miles above sea level, is where the majority of space exploration has occurred. This 1,100 mile band around Earth is where--for a cool $20 million--any private citizen can take the vacation of his or her life on the International Space Station. Commercial prospects for LEO are huge; but dangers lurk for any individual willing to travel here--radiation, cosmic rays, and space debris numbering in the thousands threaten any spacecraft traveling in orbit. It's the new frontier, or the final frontier...and the possibilities are endless if you are willing to travel to the edge of space exploration.


60-minute runtime; 2-year copyright clearance

Dec 17 at 6:00am ET/PT

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