Space Probe: Definition & Facts


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Before space probes were invented, scientists had one primary tool for studying stars and planets. What was it?

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1. Space probes, unlike satellites, leave Earth's _________.

2. Space probes are primarily powered by ____________.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This printable quiz and worksheet combo will test your understanding of space probes and their accomplishments throughout history. The quiz will also inquire about their purpose and construction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet combo to review space probes':

  • Notable accomplishments
  • Distinction from satellites
  • Construction

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet combo will use these skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare the purposes of space probes and satellites to identify their distinctions
  • Reading comprehension - recall what you have learned regarding space probes to understand the significance of Luna 9
  • Knowledge application - review the accomplishments made by space probes and answer a question about New Horizons

Additional Learning

To explore more about space probes, and how they are bringing the universe closer together, review the lesson entitled Space Probe: Definition & Facts. This lesson will examine:

  • The progressive history of space probes
  • Notable space probes in history
  • The gravitational slingshot method