Solar energy is essential to keeping the International Space Station functional as it provides a working laboratory for astronauts in the unique microgravity environment.
Watch Expedition 55/56 Flight Engineer Ricky Arnold as he explains the station’s solar arrays and the importance of solar energy on the space station.
Classroom Connection: Solar Energy
Grade Level: 9-12
Time Required: 50 minutes
Next Generation Science Standards:
Earth and Human Activity: Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.