The Right Stuff: Breaking the Sound Barrier
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Chuck Yeager finally breaks the sound barrier while piloting an aircraft. The people on the ground initially believe that the sonic boom was Chuck crashing but soon realize that Chuck was successful in his attempt to break the sound barrier.

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  1. How does Yeager begin his flight?
  2. What happens when Yeager breaks the sound barrier?
  3. What kind of skills do you think it takes to pilot experimental craft like the Bell X-1?

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  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    explain how scientific discoveries and technological innovations in the fields of medicine, communic...
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    give examples of scientific discoveries and technological innovations, including the roles of scient...
  • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills - Social Studies
    analyze the effects of various scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the developme...
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    evaluate the effects of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on the use of resources...
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    The student understands the impact of scientific discoveries and technological innovations on daily ...
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    explain how specific needs result in scientific discoveries and technological innovations in agricul...
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    he student understands how major scientific and mathematical discoveries and technological innovatio...
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