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Ch 24: Astronomy & Space Exploration

About This Chapter

Use our video lessons and quizzes to help you understand historical and modern ways of measuring astronomical distances. Learn about the scientific principles underlying space exploration and its history.

About This Chapter

In this chapter, video instructors show you historical technologies used to determine distance and time and their impact on civilization and progress. You'll be introduced to Galileo and learn about how his telescope got him in trouble with the Church. This chapter will discuss the relationship between latitude and the apparent position and motion of celestial objects, as well as relative and absolute methods for measuring astronomical distances.

You'll learn about the types of telescopes, deep-space probes, and artificial satellites. As you progress through the chapter, you'll learn about space exploration, its impact on technological advancements, and the scientific laws the govern space flight. When you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand how latitude relates to the motion and apparent position of objects in the sky
  • Compare relative and absolute methods for measuring distances
  • Discuss how historical and modern astronomic technologies affected the development of civilization
  • Identify significant manned and unmanned space exploration events, programs, and objectives

Our video lessons are short, engaging, and easy to navigate. You can use video tags to toggle back and forth between all the important points in the video. Each video lesson also includes a transcript, so you can read along if you choose to. At the end of the lesson, take the self-assessment quiz to gauge how well you remember the material.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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