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Lesson 6: Modeling the Solar System (Space Systems Exploration)
Vocabulary for Smithsonian STC-MS Space Systems Exploration Unit
Terms in this set (11)
A rocky body, smaller than a planet, that orbits the Sun.
Astronomical Unit (AU)
The average distance between the Earth and the Sun; a unit of measurement often used for determining distances in the solar system.
A blanket of gas that surrounds a planet or other celestial body.
Axis (plural Axes)
An imaginary line that runs through the middle of an object around which that objects rotates; a line at the side or bottom of a graph.
A limitation or restriction to the solution of a design problem.
Criterion (plural criteria)
Standards or specifications that must be met to ensure a successful design.
A straight line segment that passes from one edge of a circle or sphere, throughout its center, and to its opposite edge.
A smaller celestial body in space that resembles a planet but does not have the gravitational strength to clear debris from its orbital path around the Sun.
A piece of rocky material that enters Earth's atmosphere and lands on the surface.
A relationship between two quantities, usually expressed as one quantity divided by another.
A collection of planets, moons, and other celestial bodies that orbit a more-massive body such as a star.
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