This activity encourages visitors to build an electroscope—a simplified version of one of the tools scientists use to study the invisible forces on Earth and in space. Participants will learn how static electricity works, how scientists can use it to study space, and how it sometimes presents challenges to tools and spacecraft.
Special tools can help detect invisible forces on Earth and in space.
- Engineers and scientists invent and build tools to answer specific questions.
- Some NASA scientists study how static electricity behaves—here on Earth, in space, and on other worlds.
This material is based on work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Museum of Science, Boston
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