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NASA

Grade Levels: K - 8
Core Subject(s): Science
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Episodes:

  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode01.

    In program 1, we see how Synthetic Vision is helping pilots fly with zero visibility. Understand how an airplane flies, and in the "Tech Watch" segment, viewers gain insight into the new fetal heart monitor technology. And take a look back at how lunar-orbit rendezvous allowed man to safely get to the moon.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode02.

    Take a look "Behind the Scenes" and see how the Icing Research Tunnel at NASA Glenn is helping to save lives; in the "Tech Watch" segment, viewers gain insight into the Periodontal Probe that is making pain free dentistry a reality; viewers meet Richard Whitcomb, inventor of the "Area Rule" concept as part of the "Retrospective" segment; viewers see how NASA researchers are designing planes to fly more like birds in "On the Runway" segment; and viewers find out how sensors work on the "How it Works" segment.

    Length: 00:28:44
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode03.

    Go "Behind the Scenes" at NASA Glenn and see how the 2.2 second Drop Tower is helping researchers learn about microgravity here on Earth. Gain insight into a new treatment option developed at NASA for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Meet Dale Reed, champion of the "Lifting Body Program" as part of the "Retrospective" segment. See how NASA researchers are helping reduce air traffic delays in the "On the Runway" segment; and viewers find out how helicopters work on the "How it Works" segment.

    Length: 00:28:33
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode04.

    Go "Behind the Scenes" and see how the Hyper-X program is developing new hypersonic vehicles that might one day take you into space. See how composite materials are revolutionizing aircraft technology in "Tech Watch". Meet Francis Rogallo, inventor of the modern hang glider as part of the "Retrospective" segment and see how NASA researchers test aircraft and Space Shuttle tires in the "On the Runway" segment. Plus find out how wind tunnels work.

    Length: 00:28:43
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode05.

    Go "Behind the Scenes" and see how NASA researchers crash test aircraft to make flying safer. "Tech Watch" shows us that treating head trauma has become easier with a new Intra-Cranial Pressure Monitor developed at NASA. Meet John V. Becker, X-15 researcher in the "Retrospective" segment and see how NASA is designing the revolutionary Blended-Wing Body aircraft in the "On the Runway" segment. Plus find out how a jet engine works on the "How it Works" segment.

    Length: 00:28:36
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode06.

    Go "Behind the Scenes" and travel to the Red Planet aboard the new Mars Rover. "Tech Watch" introduces us to a new Child Presence Sensor which will give parents a second set of eyes to watch their children. Meet Maxime Faget, Mercury Spacecraft designer in the "Retrospective" segment and see how NASA is designing Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the "On the Runway" segment. Plus find out how a flight simulator works on the "How it Works" segment.

    Length: 00:28:38
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode07.

    A new satellite developed by NASA called GIFTS or Geostationary Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer will revolutionize weather forecasting. The VAD or Ventricular Assist Devise was NASA's invention of the year. This ingenious invention will prolong people's lives stricken with heart disease. Destination Tomorrow also investigates new technologies derived from flight simulators and current airplane data that will help pilots fly safer. Johnny Alonso finds himself in a 3D environment designed to help astronauts work more efficiently on board the International Space Station. Destination Tomorrow meets NASA's chief engineer for the successful Viking missions.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode08.

    Breakthrough technologies developed by NASA will reduce pollution emitted from catalytic converters. Commercial airplane pilots have new turbulence avoidance systems developed from flight simulators and in flight data. Johnny Alonso finds out the secrets of how lasers work. DT looks back at the successes of the TDT or Transonic Dynamics Wind Tunnel. The MISSE project or Materials International Space Station Experiment is a breakthrough program that allows long term experiments in outer space.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode09.

    A revolutionary technology developed by NASA is being used to detect cancer instantly, leading to a more accurate diagnosis of this disease. In an effort to quiet our skies, NASA has a new program aimed at reducing noise generated by aircraft.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode10.

    A unique ballistic parachute system might potentially help pilots and passengers survive a catastrophic accident. NASA's Destination Tomorrow traveled to the Andoya Rocket range in Andennes, Norway and spoke to researchers about the aurora borealis (the northern lights). Norway is a unique place to investigate this phenomenon of the northern skies. NASA's Destination Tomorrow also looks back at how NASA research helped change the shape of America's air superiority in WW II. Find out how air traffic controllers keep a watchful eye on our skies at all times. Discover how a new satellite called CALIPSO is studying the Earth's atmosphere from space.

    Length: 00:28:35
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode11.

    NASA researchers are developing Solar Sails for deep space exploration. Our nations Charters of Freedom were slowly deteriorating until NASA researchers stepped in to repair the damage. Destination Tomorrow looks at how the next generation of reusable launch vehicles are being developed. Retrospective looks back at the NASA 20-foot free flight spin tunnel. Research performed at this tunnel would have a direct impact on virtually every American fighter aircraft from World War 2 through today. And Johnny Alonso finds out exactly how GPS works.

    Length: 00:29:02
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode12.

    A special edition of Destination Tomorrow looks back at the first century of powered flight. See how two relatively unknown bicycle makers from Dayton, Ohio beat many of the world's foremost thinkers to become the inventors of the airplane. Correspondent Jennifer Pulley speaks to researchers who are working on new designs that could change air travel. New aircraft shapes, cleaner burning fuels, and new materials could be the first steps in the next revolution of aircraft design.

    Length: 00:28:38
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode13.

    A new type of rover called the Mars tumbleweed is being developed by NASA. This wind driven rover might provide a better understanding of the Martian Surface. Plus we investigate a new robot that will help astronauts in space. Called the Personal Satellite Assistant or PSA, this ingenious robot will move freely in its environment with the help of reduced gravity. And Johnny Alonso finds out how telescopes work.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode14.

    Over the last few years Destination Tomorrow has produced many informative segments that have highlighted NASA technology. In fact, some technologies and achievements have been so successful we thought they might warrant a closer look. After years of research and development, the Mars Exploration Rovers have landed and are conducting experiments on the Martian surface; we'll get an update on this amazing achievement. We also reported on new type of catalytic converter that could potentially eliminate pollution in automobiles. Since then this technology has been applied in creative ways. And video games are now assisting doctors in treating ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; we follow up on this stimulating new technology.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode15.

    Destination Tomorrow looks at one of Saturn's most fascinating moons called Titan. Learn about how this moon that has one of the best chances for life to exist in its hazy, thick atmosphere. NASA is working on a unique technique called Aerobraking to slow spacecraft into orbit around distant planets. And Johnny Alonso finds out how advanced materials including Kevlar can stop a bullet in its tracks.

    Length: 00:28:32
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode16.

    On part one of this two-part edition of Destination Tomorrow we take a look at Food Technology and how it is used by NASA. We'll find out about packaging and processing food for short and long duration space flights. And we'll see what types of foods astronauts are enjoying in space.

    Length: 00:28:31
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode17.

    On part two of this special two part Destination Tomorrow we take a look at Food Technology and how it is used by NASA. We will see what the future holds for food technology for longer duration missions to planets like Mars. Plus, Johnny Alonso speaks with Astronaut Mike Foale to find out what it is like to live and eat in space.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode18.

    On this episode of Destination Tomorrow we take a look at NASA's new plan for Space Exploration. We'll find out about some of the robotic missions that will lead the way for our Astronauts. And we will talk about some of the challenges of getting to and staying on other worlds.

    Length: 00:28:33
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode19.

    Program 19 consists of four exciting segments. In the "Behind the Scenes" segment, viewers will learn about a joint governmental agency working to redesign the national airspace; in the "Tech Watch" segment, viewers will learn about a new type of airplane which may soon be flying in the Martian Atmosphere; in the "Retrospective" segment viewers find out how NASA's Wind Shear Detection program helped save countless lives; and viewers find out about the Hypersonic X-43 aircraft in the "How it Works" segment.

    Length: 00:28:36
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode20.

    Program 20 consists of four exciting segments. In the "Behind the Scenes" segment, viewers will learn about the new Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; in the "Tech Watch" segment, viewers will learn about a new type medical device that will give Doctors a form of X-Ray vision; in the "Retrospective" segment viewers find out how the Space Shuttle program was started; and viewers find out about sonic booms in the "How it Works" segment.

    Length: 00:28:34
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode21.

    Program 21 consists of four exciting segments about NASA's Aviation Safety Program. In the "Behind the Scenes" segment, viewers will learn about the Single Aircraft Accident Prevention Program; in the next segment, viewers will learn about crashing airplanes for safety at the Impact Dynamics Research Facility; in the next segment viewers find out about a unique Icing Research Wind Tunnel; and viewers find out Turbulence Detection in the final segment.

    Length: 00:28:35
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode22.

    Program #22 focuses on the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) roll-out event in Danville, Virginia. This new technology will use personal aircraft to ease congestion in our skies.

    Length: 00:28:51
  • NASA. Destination Tomorrow. Episode23.

    NASA's Destination Tomorrow Program #23 will look back at the successful Casinni-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan. We will also revisit robotic exploration that will enable future human missions to the Moon and Mars, GPS technology, and the development of the Space Shuttle program in the Retrospective segment.

    Length: 00:28:44
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Barking Dogs.

    The tree house detectives visit their friend Dr. D, a retired science professor, for advice on where to start their investigation. With his direction, the tree house detectives go on many excursions to speak with various NASA Researchers, an audiologist, a veterinarian, and even their classroom teachers to get help solving the case. Along the way, they learn more about sound: what it is, how it is transmitted, and how people and animals hear.

    Length: 00:56:51
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Biological Biosphere.

    Jacob is eagerly planning his vacation to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. He suddenly becomes aware of the possibility that all his plans could go awry if he gets sick! After hearing that a flu epidemic is on the rise, Jacob sets out to quarantine himself in the tree house and will only let "healthy" tree house detectives inside. The other detectives think that Jacob has gone a little overboard but agree to help him learn more about disease and how it spreads.

    Length: 00:58:44
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Challenging Flight.

    In The Case of the Challenging Flight, the tree house detectives are onto a new case as they try to win the Egg-tra-ordinary Plane Contest. They do not want to repeat their unsuccessful performance of years past; therefore, they decide that they need to build a better plane. The tree house detectives use their skills in scientific investigation to learn about the four forces of flight and then use their newfound knowledge as they design and construct a plane.

    Length: 00:58:25
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Deafening Sound.

    When the tree house detectives try to help solve a noisy aircraft problem, they find that NASA is an expert in the sound business. Come join the detectives as they learn how sound travels, how human beings hear, and what NASA is doing to quiet the skies.

    Length: 00:59:24
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Disappearing Dirt.

    While practicing for a beach volleyball tournament, the tree house detectives discover that the sand on their beach is disappearing! Replacing the sand is too expensive, so the they decide to investigate this mystery.

    Length: 00:56:31
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Electrical Mystery.

    The tree house detective are eager to go swimming in Mr. E's pool, but a severe storm moves through the area of Wattsville. During the storm many neighborhoods lose electrical power. Once the storm ends, power is restored to most residents, but the tree house detectives notice that the houses across from the tree house are still without power, including Mr. E's house. This mystery becomes their "current" case to solve: The Case of the Electrical Mystery.

    Length: 00:56:36
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Energy Crunch.

    When the tree house detectives experience an electrical brownout, they energize into action to learn about Earth's energy budget. The detectives learn that all resources are not created equally and that conservation of nonrenewable and renewable energy is very important.

    Length: 00:59:08
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Galactic Vacation.

    In The Case of the Galactic Vacation, the tree house detectives receive an assignment to create an "out-of-this-world" vacation. With billions of places in the universe to go, the detectives have different ideas about the best destination.

    Length: 00:56:30
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Great Space Exploration.

    New discoveries by NASA and a new vision for space exploration create an excitement in the tree house as the detectives set off to learn what it will take to become a space explorer. Join them as they head to Space Camp and NASA to find out if they truly have the "right stuff".

    Length: 00:59:01
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Inhabitable Habitat.

    In The Case of the Inhabitable Habitat, the tree house detectives accept the challenge of designing a habitat that can sustain life on Mars. To design an award winning habitat, the tree house detectives decide that they must first learn more about the planet Mars and the various habitats found here on Earth.

    Length: 00:58:46
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Mysterious Material.

    The tree house detectives are baffled when they find an unusual object right beneath their feet. They initiate the NASA SCI Files Crime Scene Investigation Team and enlist the help of NASA to help determine the origins of this foreign object. As they get to the heart of the "matter," they learn that all materials are different and that technology can be a very useful tool.

    Length: 00:59:08
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Mysterious Red Light.

    Each day, for no apparent reason, the morning and evening sky blazes with a brilliant deep red color. In The Case of the Mysterious Red Light, the tree house detectives are determined to solve this mystery, but are puzzled as to what phenomena could be causing the bright red sunrises and sunsets.

    Length: 00:59:03
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Ocean Odyssey.

    Floating tennis shoes and oil globs wash up on the beach to set the tree house detectives in motion to investigate a unique world under the sea. Join them as they dive into learning about ocean floor topography, currents, ocean zones, and more.

    Length: 00:59:02
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Phenomenal Weather.

    The tree house detectives are eager to go to the physics fair at Busch Gardens, but they are worried that bad weather will keep them from attending. Just off the coast of Africa is a tropical wave, and even though it looks really far away, they decide they need to learn more about weather forecasting just to make sure. They are glad they made that decision when they find out that even more is at stake as KSNN announces the winners of the environmental contest. They won!

    Length: 00:58:44
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Physical Fitness Challenge.

    The tree house detectives are eager to win the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, but one of the detectives is not quite up to the challenge. They decide that it is time for a little research to learn more about being fit. They visit NASA to learn more about muscles, bones, and physical activity and why fitness is the key to space exploration.

    Length: 00:59:01
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Powerful Pulleys.

    Accidents happen and Jacob has broken his foot. He is eager to get back into the tree house and join his friends, but the cast on his foot prevents him from climbing the ladder. The tree house detectives decide that devising a plan to get Jacob safely into the tree house will be their next case, and so begins The Case of the Powerful Pulleys.

    Length: 00:59:04
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Prize-Winning Plants.

    The tree house detectives' green thumbs are tested as they attempt to grow award-winning plants for the upcoming fair. The tree house becomes a green house as the detectives experiment with soil, light, plant life cycles, and genetics to grow the perfect plant.

    Length: 00:58:35
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Radical Ride.

    As Bianca and Kali arrive to meet the rest of the tree house detectives at the NASA auditorium for an awards ceremony, they learn that Dr. D, Jacob, and Katherine are having minor traffic problems. Convinced that they have plenty of time to get to the ceremony, and with not much else to do while they sit and wait, the detectives decide to work on their latest school project. The assignment is to come up with an idea for what transportation will look like in 100 years.

    Length: 00:58:58
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Shaky Quake.

    One afternoon, the tree house detectives feel their tree house shake. They wonder what could have caused the vibration. Unsure whether they had just experienced an earthquake, the tree house detectives decide to make the unexplained vibration the subject of their next case and set out to solve The Case of the Shaky Quake.

    Length: 00:56:14
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Technical Knockout.

    The tree house detectives' Global Positioning System (GPS) devices begin to act up. To solve the mystery, they learn about electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, the Earth's atmosphere, aurora, and magnetic storms.

    Length: 00:58:47
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Unknown Stink.

    In this program, students are invited to actively join the tree house detectives as they investigate the Case of the Unknown Stink. The tree house detectives accept the challenge of trying to find the source of an unpleasant odor that is invading the surrounding neighborhoods. To determine the source of the stink, the detectives learn about the sense of smell: what it is, how people and animals smell, and how wind speed and direction influence the movement of odor. They also learn that the source of the unknown stink is right under their very noses.

    Length: 00:58:22
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the Wacky Water Cycle.

    The tree house detectives' efforts to raise money with a car wash dry up when the city is hit with water restrictions. With the help of Problem-Based Learning (PBL), the entire group learns all about the water cycle, the water table, global climates, and much more to get the project flowing again.

    Length: 00:59:02
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of the "Wright" Invention.

    Travel back in time with the tree house detectives to learn about invention from Orville and Wilbur Wright. The detectives try to create their own invention and get help from the Wright brothers, NASA researchers, and others.

    Length: 00:58:49
  • NASA. SCI Files. The Case of Zany Animal Antics.

    Concerned about an injured animal, the tree house detectives decide to learn more about animals and their care. They visit NASA Kennedy Space Center and its nearby Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge to meet biologists and ecologists to learn about endangered species, the classification and life cycles of animals, migratory patterns, habitats, and much more.

    Length: 00:58:28

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