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"Catching a Space Duck", Connected – Fact or Fiction?, level 3, January 2015

20 January 2015

First pages of the article in Google slides.

A robotic spacecraft or probe called Rosetta was sent to find a rubber-duck-shaped comet – 67P.

The European Space Agency (ESA) launched Rosetta in 2004. For ten years Rosetta travelled through space to reach its target, the comet 67P. 

The probe is designed to orbit 67P and learn more about how the comet changes as it travels through the solar system.

You can find this article and the teacher support materials here on Literacy Online: "Catching a space duck".

Other useful resources

Technology Online, Technology in the news, Robots

Robots are used for many different reasons. Read about robots for different purposes that have featured in Technology in the news.

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to identify examples where technology has changed people’s sensory perception and/ or physical abilities and discuss the potential short and long term impacts of these 4
Technological modelling Use this and other examples to explain why functional modelling and prototyping are both needed to support decision making when developing an outcome 3

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