Microgravity: living on the International Space Station
Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

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Microgravity: living on the International Space Station

2.1 Disciplines in space research

Because so many scientists work across so many fields, this gives us the opportunity to bring together scientific research and look at the whole picture. Now see Activity 2 where you are asked to search by topics paying particular attention to interdisciplinary scientific research.

Activity 2 Topics search

Allow approximately 45 minutes

Search the web for the following topics.

  1. How space is dangerous to humans.
  2. Important discoveries on the ISS.
  3. The future of the ISS.

Once you find a video and/or article, write comments about the following questions in the boxes provided. You can use Table 1 as a checklist for all of your online searches and decide for yourself how reliable your internet sources are.

Table 1 PROMPT criteria for checking your online sources

PROMPT criterion

Presentation

Is the information presented and communicated clearly?

Consider the language, layout and structure.

Relevance

Is the resource relevant to the topic you are researching?

Look at the introduction or overview to find out what it is mainly about.

Objectivity

Is the resource biased, or motivated by a particular agenda?

Is the language emotive?

Are there hidden, vested interests?

Method: for research reports

Is it clear how the data was collected?

Were the methods appropriate and can you trust the data?

Provenance

Is it clear where the information has come from?

Can you identify the author(s) or organisation(s), and are they trustworthy?

Are there references or citations that lead to further reading, and are they trustworthy sources?

Timeliness

How up-to-date is the material?

Is it clear when it was written?

Does the date of the writing meet your requirements, or is it obsolete?

1. How space is dangerous to humans.

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Discussion

The course team found the following using the same search criteria.

Video 1 ‘Four ways space is trying to kill you’.
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2. Important discoveries on the ISS.

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Discussion

The course team found the following using the same search criteria.

Video 2 ‘Three big discoveries on the ISS’.
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3. The future of the ISS.

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Discussion

The course team found the following using the same search criteria.

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Video 3 ‘Ten more years’.
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The next section has the course team’s approach to using the PROMPT criteria for this content.

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