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Astronauts at the Nevada Test Site
// A Look Back
In February 1965, Apollo astronauts paid a visit to the pockmarked desert of the Nevada Test Site as part of their lunar training.
image of explosion and crater from Sudan event
// A Look Back
On July 6, 1962, the Sedan Event, the largest of the Project Plowshare experiments, was conducted at the Nevada Test Site. This 100-kiloton blast produced a crater approximately 1,200-feet-in-diameter, with a depth of 320 feet ...
Image of the moon with craters
// Distance Learning

Collisions are all around us. Analyzing them can help us understand such phenomena as the flight of a golf ball when it’s hit by a club, or the behavior of the particles that form matter.

graph of harmoic oscillator waves
// Distance Learning

Understanding waves is fundamental—through them we see, communicate, transmit energy, probe the universe. Experimenting with harmonic oscillators, such as a mass on a spring, is a great way to understand how waves work.

an image of the Earth and its magnetic fields
// Distance Learning

Magnetic fields make motors, electrical generators, home appliances, tools, and many other technologies work. The Earth is surrounded and protected by a magnetic field from radiation.

track star Usain Bolt with a huge lead
// Distance Learning

Life depends on motion over a wide range of scales, for example, the pulsing of blood through veins and arteries, the movement of people and vehicles from place to place, the migration of wildlife.

F35 fighter jet with rotation chart
// Distance Learning

How something moves through space depends on its mass, shape, velocity, and other factors. Analyzing the flight of a jet or orbit of a satellite requires understanding its moment of inertia.

photo of a roller coaster's upside down loop
// Distance Learning

Navigational devices like the GPS system in your phone depend on gyroscopes to analyze the rotational motion of moving objects. Your phone contains a very sensitive gyroscope that determines how it moves along three axes of rotation.

image of a bat tracking its prey with sonar
// Distance Learning

The spoken word, music, earthquakes, vibrating equipment: the physics of mechanical waves, including sound, govern what we hear, their use in technology, and their effect during such events as earthquakes.

image of girl swimming under water
// Distance Learning

The pressure of fluids like air and water regulate many natural processes from those in living organisms to the weather.