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eClips - NASA Launchpad - Grades 9-12

These video segments support project-based and problem-based learning experiences in science, mathematics, and career and technical education classrooms. All video downloads in this series are MP4 video files saved as compressed .ZIP files. Average file size is around 35 MB.

Title (Links to Video) Time Date Description
Space Age Technologies Measure Soil Moisture 5:24


Learn how NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission, or SMAP, will use new technologies to help answer questions raised in the National Research Councils' Decadal Survey. See what kind of modeling and forecasting applications the data from this mission
ICESat-2 - Next Generation Technology 6:48 9/13/13

Learn how the second generation of the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite, better known as ICESat-2, is being used to map the ice structures in the world's polar regions. Manipulating the distribution of photons by lasers to create accurate images

SAGE III Goes to the International Space Station 4:51 5/20/13 NASA's third generation science instrument, SAGE III, sheds light on how aerosols, water vapor and other gases interact with and affect our atmosphere. See how a unique hexapod helps the instrument stay oriented on the International Space Station and how
Pumping Up the Volume 5:23 10/26/12 Learn how Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators, or HIAD, use the diameter of an inflatable vehicle to increase drag and land larger payloads on new destinations. See how NASA engineers use design and complex testing to get the inflatable to make
The Heat Is On! 5:03 10/22/12 Find out how a team at NASA is using Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerators, or HIAD, to solve the aerodynamic heating challenges of entering an atmosphere. Learn about HIAD's unique thermal protection system that uses off-the-shelf technology in
Launchpad: What Are Radioisotope Power Systems? 6:50 8/10/12 NASA uses Radioisotope Power Systems, or RPS, to convert heat from radioactive decay to electricity, creating predictable, continuous power for long missions in extreme environments. But learn how a next generation Radioisotope Stirling Engine will perfo
Launchpad: History, Benefits, and Safety of Radioisotope Power Systems 8:35 8/8/12 With safety designed from inside out and outside in, see how NASA has used Radioisotope Power Systems, or RPS, for more than 20 missions over the last 50 years. Discover the advantages of an RPS that allow spacecraft like Voyager to still do important sc
Launchpad: Mission Infusion - A Look at What's Ahead 6:03 7/19/12
Find out from the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) Team how NASA plans to use inflatable heat shield technology to explore new worlds. Learn about the benefits of inflatable heat shields compared to current rigid heat shield technology and how that technology might be used in the future.
Launchpad: Descent and Landing - It's a Matter of Control 5:54 7/19/12
See how a diverse research team at NASA Langley is using what they know about aerodynamics to tackle the problems of entry, descent, and landing on any world with an atmosphere. Learn how NASA’s Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) Team uses center of gravity to steer the vehicle and a unique inflatable heat shield to slow it down.
Launchpad: NASA's Space Shuttle - A Workhorse in Action 4:40 10/24/11

People from across the country worked together to make sure NASA's Space Shuttles could complete their missions. Learn how this unique workhorse is responsible for amazing advances in astrophysics and planetary science, just because it flew.

Launchpad: The Shuttle Experience 3:47 10/24/11

Only 355 humans have ever flown on the shuttle. Join NASA Astronaut Al Drew as he shares some personal experiences about his flights and what made the trips so memorable. See why the shuttle experience has such historical significance.

Launchpad: Spinoffs - Technology Benefits For All 5:56 10/24/11

Learn how experiments on NASA's Space Shuttle missions brought tangible benefits to people on Earth. Listen to NASA Astronaut Al Drew as he explains how creative solutions to problems became NASA-aided technologies, better known as spinoffs.

Launchpad: Curiosity Goes to Mars 5:41 8/4/11

Find out why Curiosity is the best name for the largest rover ever sent to another planet. Learn about the challenges of landing on a planet with an atmosphere and the geology and chemistry questions scientists hope to answer with instruments on the Mars.

Launchpad: Solar Eclipses 7:16 3/15/11 Join NASA to learn more about solar eclipses, especially the awe-inspiring phenomenon of total eclipses. Find out about the unique geometry and the distances and sizes of the sun and moon as seen from Earth that allow us to witness the sun's corona or act
Launchpad: Astrobiology 6:01 2/2/11 Are we alone in the universe? Where do we come from? Join NASA in the search for answers to these and many more questions about life in our solar system. Learn how astrobiologists use what we know about Earth to investigate Titan, Europa and other far-off
Launchpad: Global Warming - How Humans Are Affecting our Planet 7:57 2/1/11 Learn how the greenhouse effect keeps more of the sun's heat and energy within Earth's atmosphere causing temperatures on Earth to rise. This video explains the effect warmer temperatures are playing on Earth.
Launchpad: NASA and Biosphere 2 6:13 2/1/11 Visit Biosphere 2, operated by the University of Arizona, to find out how scientists are working with NASA to discover more about the effects of global climate change could have on key biomes. Learn about the characteristics that divide Earth into unique 
Launchpad: Systems Science 5:50 2/1/11 The Earth can be considered a system of interrelated parts. Learn about Earth Systems Science and the spheres that make up the Earth System. Find out why NASA studies the Earth system.
Launchpad: Kepler 5:14 1/10/11 Join NASA on the Kepler Mission as this traveling telescope images the light from faraway stars to locate Earth-sized and smaller planets. Using the transit method, the Kepler telescope measures the brightness of a star and uses the data to predict habita
Launchpad: New Horizons Covers the Distance 5:59 12/6/10 Learn how scientists use astronomical units, or Aus, to measure large distances in space. Find out what scientists learned about Jupiter as the New Horizons spacecraft used the gravity of the planet to help it continue on its journey to Pluto.
Launchpad: Transits 5:10 12/6/10 Discover how scientists used the last Venus transit and a geometric technique called parallax to verify the distance between sun and Earth. Find out what scientists hope to learn the next time Venus makes a shadow on the face of the sun. 
Launchpad: 21st Century Crew Exploration Vehicle 2:48 11/9/10 NASA is redesigning the space vehicle that will carry astronauts back to the moon. This design includes three components: the ARES rocket, the ALTAIR Lunar Lander; and the ORION space capsule.
Launchpad: The Making of the Biosuit 7:05 11/9/10 A biosuit is a futuristic space suit designed for astronauts who will one day travel to Mars. It is designed to be form-fitting and lightweight, enabling astronauts to kneel, climb and maneuver more efficiently.
Launchpad: Protective Materials for Spacecrafts 6:27 11/9/10 Kevlar is stronger than steel but one-fifth the weight. While watching this segment, discover how Kevlar works and the future of protective materials.
Launchpad: The Launch Abort System and g-Forces 7:24 11/9/10 NASA has not only advanced the technology used to get astronauts to space, but they have also improved safety measures for the crew. In this segment learn about the design of the Launch Abort System which can launch the Orion, the new vehicle that will tr
Launchpad: The Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope 4:32 11/9/10 Get an overview of the electromagnetic spectrum and see how scientists are using the new Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope to look at the inconceivable amounts of energy produced by phenomena in space.
Launchpad: New Horizons Heads Towards Pluto 6:03 11/9/10 Find out about the fastest spacecraft to ever leave Earth's orbit. See what information scientists hope to gain from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft as it hurls through space. Check out the instruments that will help us get our first up-close look at Plu
Launchpad: Infrared Astronomy on Mauna Kea 4:25 11/9/10 Discover how NASA's Infrared Astronomy telescope on Mauna Kea helps astronomers use different wavelengths of light to make the invisible visible. Learn about the Doppler Effect and heat signatures of faraway objects. 
Launchpad: Thin Ice - Looking at Birefringence 6:07 11/9/10 Join teacher scientists as they learn what ice can tell us about the history of winter. Find out why NASA studies ice and what thin ice sections observed through polarizing filters can help us learn. See how to use bubble patterns in ice core samples to s
Launchpad: Neon Lights - Spectroscopy in Action 5:56 11/9/10 Discover how scientists use spectroscopy to determine what elements are present in remote objects in space.  By studying emission or absorption lines, astronomers can use the light an object emits to learn more about the object.
Launchpad: Newton's Laws On-Board the International Space Station 7:16 11/8/10 Join astronauts on-board the International Space Station to learn more about Newton’s laws.  Learn about the inverse relationship between mass and acceleration when calculating force and see what the equation f=ma has to do with rockets.
Launchpad: Methane - An Indicator for Life? 6:46 10/26/10 See how scientists are using spectroscopy to identify methane plumes on Mars. Learn about the biological and geological processes that form methane on Earth and the implications for astrobiologists who are looking for life beyond Earth.
Launchpad: Methane on Mars 5:40 10/26/10 Is Mars a living planet, either geologically or biologically? See how NASA scientists are investigating the recent discovery of water ice and methane plumes on Mars to test their hypotheses about the similarities between Earth and Mars.
Launchpad: Wave Motion 6:47 10/26/10 Join NASA astronauts on-board the International Space Station to learn about different kinds of waves and the transfer of energy that creates waves. Find out why NASA engineers are working to reduce the impact of waves on sensitive station equipment.
Launchpad: NASA in 3-D 5:47 6/18/10 Put on your 3-D glasses and get a new perspective on NASA's Desert RATS, or Research and Technology Studies. See how NASA uses locations like Arizona to simulate living in space for an extended time to test both technology performance and human factors.
Launchpad: The Lighter Side 7:28 5/26/10 Find out how you can get involved in NASA's Teaching From Space Program to learn about experiments conducted on board the International Space Station, or ISS. Learn about arachnids in space or how to use a straw on the ISS. Find out about the physics of a
Launchpad: Biofeedback 6:14 5/26/10 Learn how NASA graduate students are using biofeedback to improve concentration skills. The project is based on earlier NASA aeronautics research to improve the attentiveness of pilots in flight simulators and improve athlete’s muscle memory.
Launchpad: Phase Diagrams and Why You Cannot Make a Snowball on Mars 7:18 5/25/10 Join NASA scientists who study the History of Winter to learn about phase changes and the unique properties of water. Find out why ice floats and why this is important to life on Earth. See what pressure and temperature have to do with making snowballs.
Launchpad: Surface Tension On-Board the International Space Station 5:53 5/18/10 Join the Teaching From Space Team on-orbit to learn about surface tension. Learn why water drops form perfect spheres and how the mutual attraction of water molecules forms a tight skin on water surfaces.
Launchpad: Cohesion and Adhesion On-Board the International Space Station 4:45 5/18/10 Join the Teaching From Space Team on-orbit to learn about special properties of water. Use a simple eyedropper to examine the strong cohesive bond of water. See how adhesion helps the astronaut on the International Space Station form a glove of water arou
Launchpad: Bernoulli's Principle On-Board the International Space Station 7:18 5/14/10 Join the Teaching From Space Team on-orbit to learn about Bernoulli's Principle. See how the relationship between pressure and speed is characteristic of all fluids, not just liquids and how the Bernoulli effect impacts us in everyday life.
Launchpad: NASA's History of Winter Program 6:09 11/2/09 What can measuring the density of snow and diagramming snowflakes teach us about the cryosphere and Earth's global climate system? NASA's History of Winter program gives teachers opportunities to conduct real world research.
Launchpad: Three Hot Topics at NASA 6:14 10/26/09 In this NASA eClips video discover three hot topics NASA is currently developing. The Cassini-Huygens is a spacecraft NASA sent to check out Saturn.
Launchpad: Cryogenics - The Cold Hard Facts 6:30 10/19/09 Discover the everyday applications of cryogenics from magnetic scans to high-tech space telescopes like the new James Webb. Learn about absolute zero and the Kelvin temperature scale. 
Firing the Space Shuttle Main Engines 5:17 10/15/09 Learn about the chemical reaction that occurs when liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen are combined to operate the space shuttle's three main engines. See how this controlled explosion moves the shuttle up into orbit. 
Launchpad: Liftoff with Solid Rocket Boosters 5:42 10/13/09 Learn about the chemical reaction that occurs when liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen are combined to operate the space shuttle�s three main engines.  See how this controlled explosion moves the shuttle up into orbit. 
Launchpad: Cryogenics in Transportation 6:02 10/13/09 Explore the differences between science fiction and science fact related to cryogenics. See how NASA uses cold storage for liquid oxygen and hydrogen used to propel rockets and how this may be used in cars of the future. 
Launchpad: Moon Magic 5:42 10/13/09 Learn about the effects the moon has on Earth. See what the difference is between an apogee moon and a perigee moon and what role the moon's orbit plays in both. Compare the moon illusion to its angular size. 
Launchpad: LCROSS Finding Water on the Moon Music Video 6:37 9/15/09 Learn about NASA's exciting LCROSS mission in this  music video.  Find out why finding water on the moon is so important to future missions.  
Launchpad: Night Shining Clouds 7:48 9/11/09 Have you ever seen noctulucent or night-shining clouds in the summer sky? Explore the layers of our atmosphere. Find out why NASA is interested in how these glowing clouds are formed and what they tell us about Earth.
Launchpad: The Search for Exoplanets 6:20 8/31/09 Join NASA astronauts at Kitt Peak National Observatory in their search for exoplanets. Find out how the two-meter telescope is calibrated to locate giant planets orbiting stars in far off solar systems. Learn about the infrared signature of a transit. 
Launchpad: Apollo 11 - History in the Making 5:06 8/24/09 Relive the event that 20% of the world's population watched in awe on July 20, 1969. Learn more about the historic Apollo 11 mission and hear what President Obama had to say about the incalculable benefits of the Apollo Program. 
Launchpad: Apollo 11 - Challenges of Landing on the Moon 5:49 8/24/09 See how 21 hours, 38 minutes and 21 seconds changed history. Learn more about the challenges of landing on the moon, the science involved in the first moon walk and the artifacts left behind for future explorers. 
Launchpad: NASA Technologies Used to Treat Acne and Orthodontics 4:06 7/16/09 In this NASA eClips video find out how NASA technologies have been used to advance acne treatments and orthodontics.
Launchpad: Using Technology to Make Discoveries on Mars 6:36 6/23/09 Find out about the technology on the Mars Phoenix Lander that helps NASA remotely explore the distant planet. Learn about the filters that are used to obtain color images and the high-tech oven that proved the existence of water ice on Mars.
Launchpad: Data Loggers 5:36 6/23/09 Find out how efficient data loggers, such as thermochrons and ingestible thermometers, collect repetitive data for NASA scientists to analyze. Learn about spinoff technologies that monitor body temperatures for athletes, firefighters and divers.
Launchpad: Designing a Capsule for Space 5:27 6/23/09 Why was the Apollo capsule shaped like a gumdrop? Learn about the blunt-shaped capsule used for past and present NASA spacecraft. See how engineers use the design process to help expand on the work others have done before them.
Launchpad: Gigapan 5:47 6/23/09 Learn about the NASA spinoff Gigapan, an intelligent tripod that allows photographers to stitch photos for a dramatic panoramic view. See how NASA first used this technology on Mars. Find out how high school students can get involved with NASA
Launchpad: NASA and Indy Cars 2:53 6/22/09 This NASA video segment describes how NASA-inspired technologies used in space are influencing the design of racecars. Learn how the Indy car racing suits and gear are similar to the spacesuits astronauts wear.
Launchpad: NASA and NASCAR 3:33 6/22/09 Explore how NASCAR uses NASA technologies to provide safer stock cars for drivers. The NASCAR race team PENSKE designed a catalytic air filter to remove airborne particles supplying fresher air for drivers.
Launchpad: Aviation Infrastructure for the 21st Century 5:12 6/22/09 This NASA segment focuses on the importance of air travel in today
Launchpad: NASA Technologies and Indy Cars 6:04 6/22/09 This segment describes how NASA technologies are used to design safer race cars. Indy car crash data is being used to minimize the risks associated with space vehicle re-entry into Earth's atmosphere and landing.
Launchpad: Invention of Doppler Radar 4:39 6/22/09 NASA's Wind Shear Program and the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, worked together to invent a sensor to warn pilots about hazardous wind shears called microbursts.
Launchpad: Unmanned Air Vehicles - How They Work and Why They Are Useful 6:22 6/22/09 Unmanned Air Vehicles or UAV are designed to provide a cost-efficient and safer way to explore. UAV travel lower, longer and venture into more hazardous spaces than manned air vehicles.
Launchpad: Flight Simulators - A Safer Way to Test 5:06 6/22/09 Flight simulators are one of the most effective tools for pilots and engineers to experiment on aircraft. NASA flight simulators enable engineers to run tests and experiments without risking pilot safety.
Launchpad: How Global Positioning System Works 4:10 6/22/09 A NASA expert explains the inner workings of the Global Positioning System, or GPS. Learn how four satellites work together to identify exact locations on Earth with the help of a two-dimensional model.
Launchpad: Food for a Mars Mission 11:31 6/22/09 NASA must find a way to provide food for astronauts that fits into very limited space. The food must be safe, nutritious and provide a variety for astronauts. Learn about new techniques in food processing.
Launchpad: Food Aboard the International Space Station 3:31 6/22/09 Get the inside scoop from astronaut Michael Foal about what it is like to eat in space. Foal describes changes he's experienced while in space and how food and water help counteract some of these changes.
Launchpad: NASA Technologies Helping Firefighters 5:07 6/22/09 Learn how firefighters detect wild fires. Ikhana is an Unmanned Aerial System, or UAS, used to take images through smoke and haze in order to detect hot spots and changes in temperature.
Launchpad: Multifunctional Equipment for Moon Missions 5:20 6/22/09 Learn about the different types of multifunctional tools and equipment being tested for missions to the moon. Experts use landscape similar to the moon in Moses Lake, Washington to test equipment on Earth.
Launchpad: Advanced Equipment to Use on the Moon 6:04 6/22/09 NASA is currently testing potential equipment that can be used on missions back to the moon. Moses Lake, Washington, the site for the tests, has a surface similar to that of the moon. This segment introduces two advanced pieces of equipment that NASA is d
Launchpad: Food for Thought 4:44 6/22/09 See how NASA technologies are advancing food for crews in space and people on Earth. Find out about nutrigrass, shear thinning and much more in this Launchpad segment.
Launchpad: Clouds and Earth's Radiation Budget 5:28 6/22/09 Explore clouds and find out how they affect Earth's radiation budget. Learn how to help scientists determine ground truth as they compare satellite data with observations.
Launchpad: Contrails 5:11 6/22/09 What is a contrail? How is it made? Learn all about these special clouds and how you can help NASA study clouds in your geographic location.
Ares I-X Overview 5:00 6/22/09

Find out how scientists will use the Ares I-X to improve future craft that will carry astronauts to space. During a 363-second test flight, scientists will collect thousands of measurements to help them modify the new rocket system.

Atmosphere and Optical Telescopes 4:56 6/22/09

Learn about the effect of our atmosphere on optical telescopes. Discover how the geography of Mauna Kea, Hawaii helps astronomers overcome the problems of light pollution and the atmosphere. See why you might need a coat to visit the Big Island!

Electron Beam Free Form Fabrication System 6:05 6/22/09 Need a hammer? How about a wrench? In space and don't have a hardware store around? NASA is researching the EBF3, a computerized machine capable of producing tools and equipment on hand.
Flight Test Articles 5:35 6/22/09

Learn how scientists and engineers use tests and computer simulations to improve individual components of the new spacecraft system. NASA is then better able to see how systems work together and to increase the efficiency of future designs.

Fluid Dynamics - What a Drag 7:13 6/22/09

Learn about fluid dynamics with NASA engineers. See how NASA uses planes and a neutral buoyancy tank to train astronauts for spacewalks or how wind tunnels and ultrasonic welding techniques can be used to reduce drag for swimmers.

Light Detection and Ranging 6:46 6/22/09

Learn how NASA uses Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, to study distant objects. NASA uses LiDAR technology to measure distances of faraway objects, locate aerosols and to develop topographic maps on Earth and Mars.

Mapping the Boundaries of Our Solar System 3:33 6/22/09

What is the shape of our heliosphere and what lies beyond? How does interstellar medium affect the heliosphere? To find out, NASA launched the Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, to map out the boundaries of our solar system.

Mass Properties 6:07 6/22/09 Learn how mass properties, such as weight, mass, center of gravity and inertia affect how things fly. See how NASA compensates for missing components in a flight test article by using ballast to meet mass and center of gravity requirements.


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