Overview: Hubble's Servicing Mission 4

Overview
of Star Witness news story: Preparing for Hubble's Servicing Mission 4
Description:
Star Witness news story: Preparing for Hubble's Servicing Mission 4 announces NASA’s plans to restore Servicing Mission 4 to the shuttle schedule. The story identifies the hardware and instruments that are going to be added to the Hubble Space Telescope during the astronauts’ visit.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly web page; also, downloadable PDF including story and images
Grades: 5-8, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher’s discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Star Witness news story: Preparing for Hubble's Servicing Mission 4 as:

A content reading selection. Teachers should discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary prior to having students read this selection.

An engagement activity. Have students read the selection. Ask them to explain what they have learned about servicing the Hubble Space Telescope.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "Why do you think scientists planned to service the Hubble Space Telescope while in space?" Have students read the selection and write down questions they would like answered as a result of the reading.

A source of information for class discussion. Have students read the selection. Conduct a class discussion using the questions associated with the reading to clarify student understanding and expand on the information provided.

Related materials

Amazing Space resources by topic: Space telescopes
An interactive activity listed there — "Mission Mastermind" — focuses on planning a servicing mission.

HubbleSite press release: Hubble Servicing Mission 4



Overview: Hubble's Servicing Mission 4