Chemistry in Space

This collection of resources, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, contains activities about solar power and atmospheric chemistry. They have been brought together to link in with ESA astronaut Tim Peake's flight to the International Space Station. The space station requires huge arrays of solar panels to power all its systems and it allows astronauts to see the 'thin blue line' of Earth's atmosphere through 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.

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Solar Cells and Light Absorption

Produced by Solar Spark, this activity looks at the relationship between light and absorption in solar cells. Using a photovoltaic cell and different colour acetate sheets, it demonstrates the ability of solar cells to absorb at different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum and shows how the more it can absorb...
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2010 to date

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Impact of Solar Power

Produced by Solar Spark, this activity allows students to consider the impacts of an available source of electricity on communities in developing nations. People who have unreliable or no access to electricity find their lives changed for the better if they do have access to reliable electricity. One of the ways of...
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2010 to date

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Make Your Own Spectrometer

From Solar Spark, this simple activity allows students to make a spectrometer using a card box and a compact disc. The compact disc acts as a diffraction grating and splits the light being observed into its constituent wavelengths. This gives the colours of the rainbow when viewing white light. This type of analysis...
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2010 to date

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Chemistry Now - Chemistry of the Atmosphere

This resource, from the Royal society of Chemistry, looks at the way that the Earth’s present atmosphere has evolved from possible earlier atmospheres. Some of the available evidence for different scenarios is presented and critically discussed. The two possibilities that are presented are either that the Earth was...
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2000 - 2009

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