Space Mission Types: Advantages & Disadvantages


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This is a space mission where a spacecraft passes by a celestial object but isn't held in orbit by it:

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1. This is a type of spacecraft that enters and stays in orbit around a planet:

2. This is an electrically powered spacecraft that can roam around the celestial object they land on to take detailed pictures, soil samples, and perform other specific tasks for scientific purposes:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Space exploration can be fascinating, dangerous, and costly. Learn about the types of missions and spacecraft that are used to explore space. Some spacecraft you will read about are orbiters and rovers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Flyby missions
  • Orbiter spacecraft
  • Rover spacecraft
  • Human space missions

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on types of space missions
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast types of space missions and spacecraft
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the advantages and disadvantages of certain spacecraft and missions

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on types of space missions and spacecraft. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify different missions and spacecraft
  • Understand advantages and disadvantages of each type of mission
  • Learn about the approximate cost of manned missions