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Invisible Force Challenge

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To change a spacecraft's speed and direction, NASA engineers use a planet's or moon's gravity, a process called a "gravity assist." In this video, students design and build systems that use magnets to control the speed and direction of a rolling ball. As they build their systems, they use the engineering design process, apply a variety of science concepts, and learn how NASA spacecraft use gravity to help them explore the solar system. Part of the "Design Squad Nation" series.

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Runtime: 4 minutes

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