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Learn about the concept of albedo—the fraction of incident (incoming) radiation reflected by a surface—and how different surface materials vary in their albedo, reflecting different amounts of light, in this whiteboard animation developed for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return mission by 321Science.
To view the Background Essay and Teaching Tips for this animation, go to Support Materials below. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.