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MarsBound! Game PowerPoint Introduction

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 3-10)

Uploaded: September 12, 2012

This PowerPoint presentation serves as a visual introduction to the engineering design simulation game created by the ASU Mars Education program and funded by JPL. The presentation will show the game board and cards with guidelines required to complete a mission. The url for the newest edition of the game documents is located at: http://marsed.asu.edu/lesson_plans/marsbound

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Curiosity Video 7 Minutes of Terror from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Uploaded: June 23, 2012

This is the latest video explaining how the rover will decend into the Martian atmosphere and land on Mars on August 5, 2012 @ 10:31pm PST. This is what we hope happens!

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Looking at the Sun pptx

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 3-12)

Uploaded: June 18, 2012

This is the resource is the PowerPoint slide set used for the "Looking at the Sun" Webshop conducted on the NEON Website. It discusses NASA missions to study the sun and a few of the simple material models for simulating Earth- Moon distance, solar and lunar eclipses.

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NASA eClips: Scarab Rover Looks at the Moon

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: April 26, 2012

This video shows how the Scarab Rover makes observations of the Moon.

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NASA eClips: Collecting Data from Mars Using ARES

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Uploaded: April 26, 2012

This video explores the manner in which data can be collected from the planet Mars using the ARES program.

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Don't Burst My Bubble: Create a Biosphere

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Uploaded: April 07, 2012

Create a "world", and a variety of types of beings that could live on them. Using a tarp, create a Biosphere.

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Water, Water Everywhere

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Uploaded: April 07, 2012

The entire group makes a circle and tosses an inflatable Earth globe to determine the percentage of water vs. land on Earth by counting the number of times the thumb lands on earth or water as they catch the globe.

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Is There Life on Other Worlds? Drake Equation

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: April 07, 2012

Learn about the Drake Equation while estimating the number of worlds in the Milky Way galaxy that have life. (Additional information at http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/371696main_SMII_Problem18.pdf, not a NASA site.)

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Strange New Planet (ASU Mars K-12 Education Program)

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: April 04, 2012

This activity brings insight into the processes involved in learning about planetary exploration. This activity demonstrates how planetary features are discovered by the use of remote sensing techniques.

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Reaping Rocks

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 26, 2012

Students have a chance to become "SCI rock investigators" by making predictions about the origin of lunar rocks by first collecting, describing and classifying neighborhood rocks.

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Regolith Formation

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: March 26, 2012

To compare the process of regolith formation on Earth and on the Moon, drop rocks into various materials to see the kinds of impacts they make.

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Moon Math: Craters

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 26, 2012

This lesson combines a series of activities to help students understand the physical characteristics of the moon. Objectives Students will: • Create a simulation to model how craters and regolith are formed on the moon. • Practice mathematical principles to determine lunar crater formation characteristics. • Predict the origin of lunar rocks by first collecting, describing and classifying neighborhood rocks. • Demonstrate how the stratigraphy of lava flows is produced by multiple eruptions.

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Charting the Physical Characteristics of Earth vs. Mars

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Remote satellite images of Earth and Mars are used to compare and contrast physical processes that occur on both planets. Objectives Students will: • Identify similarities and differences between the physical processes that occur on Earth and Mars. • Classify images of Earth and Mars by observing physical features in each image. • Speculate about the physical features observed in each image.

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Astroventure Geology Mission

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students explore the roles of various geologists as they compare the geology of Earth, Mars and Venus in an online tutorial and activity.

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Astrobiology in your Classroom: Life on Earth …and Elsewhere? What can life tolerate?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

What can life tolerate? - Begins on page 37 To show that organisms living under extreme conditions on Earth can serve as analogs for extraterrestrial life. Activity 4 explores some of the reasons to think that extraterrestrial life is possible. In doing so, it draws on concepts developed earlier in the module such as understanding what life is, what it requires, and what makes a planet habitable.

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Now What Do You Think About the Possibility of Life in the Universe?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

(Begins on page 26 of downloadable file.) Participants reexamine their own thinking, then take a new survey to find out if they have changed their opinions because of new information. Big Ideas: • At the present time, there is no positive evidence that life exists beyond Earth. • Scientists continue to research the question.

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Earth and Mars Physical Comparison

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

This investigation compares and contrasts physical processes that occur on both Earth and Mars. Students are given unidentified images of Earth and Mars. Their task is to arrange the images into pairs that show evidence of similar physical processes. Then they identify each image as being an area of Earth or an area of Mars by comparing and contrasting physical features that they observe in the image pairs.

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The Coriolis Effect

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

The objective of this exercise is to demonstrate that an object which moves in latitude over the surface of a rotating planet experiences the Coriolis effect, an apparent deflection of its path from a straight line. Upon completion of this exercise the student should understand the concept of the Coriolis effect and be able to understand viewing an event from different frames of reference.

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Comet on a Stick - Deep Impact

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

The "Comet on a Stick" activity can be used with a wide age range. Students will see that modeling is continuous on a NASA mission as is evaluation of those models. Younger students will learn the basic characteristics of a comet. Older students will practice evaluation and improvement of the comet model shown. The importance of this activity is not the initial model or its exercise, but the fact that it will put students in the position of emulating a process that scientists and engineers follow on all missions.

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Make a Comet Model

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Comets have sometimes been described as dirty snowballs, snowy dirtballs or something in between. But what does that really mean? It means that these they are believed to be a cold mixture of frozen water, dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide), and other sandy/rocky materials left over from the early formation of our solar system. In this activity, we are going to develop a comet model that you can eat. Once your team has made your comet, you'll trade a sample of it with another team. Once traded, you will use your different senses to demonstrate the filters on an instrument called a spectrometer that will collect data on the Deep Impact spacecraft. A spectrometer analyzes the structure and composition of comets by using nine different filters. You will use four of your senses individually to decide what is in the ice cream. Most of the ingredients can be found in your home.

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Solar System Simulator

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

This Summer of Innovation lesson contains two separate activities for students to create scale models of the solar system.

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The Schoolyard Solar System

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Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Students and educators use an outdoor area to create a scale model of the solar system.

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Desert Rats Virtual Test Site

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Uploaded: March 22, 2012

At the D-Rats website students can log on to attempt virtual data gathering and mission simulations.

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"Planetary Play-Doh" Solar System Mass Comparison

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This is the pdf version of the written directions for the Solar System Mass Comparison activity that uses Play-Doh or any other dough like materials. The activity was originally submitted by science teacher Jacob Noel-Storr and has been adapted/modified several times since his original work. This version uses cylinder shapes to make the dividing of the dough into even sections more manageable for younger students.

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Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

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Uploaded: March 22, 2012

Students are asked to design their own experiments to test hypothesized relationships about factors that influence planetary temperature and habitability.

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How do Atmospheres Interact with Solar Energy?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 9-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

The students brainstorm as to why the observed surface temperature of Earth is so different from that observed by their gray body model. Then they do a literature search to obtain information about the atmospheres of Earth, Venus and Mars. They speculate as to which characteristics of the atmospheres may be responsible for the difference between observed and theoretical surface temperatures. Students then use separate samples of carbon dioxide and air to observe interactions of the compound and the mixture with incident light or heat. The activity ends with a definition of the Greenhouse Effect.

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The Sealed Room: Living and Working in Space

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This project asks students to design a research habitat that will allow six researchers to live on the Moon or Mars for an extended period of time. Researchers must be able to maintain physical health and a good quality of life. To accomplish this, students must first imagine that their classroom has just become sealed for the next two to three years. Nothing comes into the room and nothing leaves the room. Not even air can enter or leave. It is a challenge!

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Edible Rocks

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This lesson, from the Exploring Meteorite Mysteries Educator Guide, has been designed as a comfortable introduction to describing meteorites. Students use observation skills to draw a connection between the familiar (candy bars) and the unfamiliar (meteorites). Edible “rocks” are used in a scientific context, showing students the importance of observation, teamwork and communication skills.

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Meteorite Sleuths

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

The activities in this lesson, from the Exploring Meteorite Mysteries Educator Guide, focus on observation and examination skills. A Meteorite Sample Disk (or photos) will be at the center of four laboratory stations. Students will use several degrees of magnification to research meteorites in the Meteorite Sample Disk and other materials.

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Edible Mars Rover

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-8)

Uploaded: March 21, 2012

Students use creative thinking and problem solving skills to design the FIDO or Athena Rover using a supply of different foods.

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How to Keep Gelatin from Melting

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-12)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

Students will design and build a platform that will be placed on top of a heat source. A 6 cm x 6 cm x 6 cm cube of gelatin will be placed on the platform, with a thermometer inserted in it. The goal is to keep the temperature inside the cube as cool as possible and prevent the gelatin from melting.

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Mars Image Analysis

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

How do scientists understand and interpret the surface features of Mars from orbit and determine if a proposed landing site will meet the mission’s science goals? This activity leads students through the process of selecting a landing site on Mars.

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Volcanoes, Plate tectonics for the Elementary Classroom

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 3-12)

Uploaded: February 16, 2012

This is a powerpoint made up of primiarily USGS and NASA imagery to visually demonstrate Earth Science concepts of volcanism, plate movement, impact cratering and glacial effects on the landscape. There are several movies included in the presentation which should be included in the zip file uploaded here.

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Anaglyph 3D Views of the Solar System

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: K-10)

Uploaded: January 24, 2012

NASA and other agencies use "red and blue" glasses to see 3D adapted versions of images. This PowerPoint presentation uses images of our solar system from NASA's missions and those repurposed in anaglyph form by artists and technicians. Descriptions and image credit appear on each slide, if vacant the image is credited to NASA.

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Why is the Sky Blue

Quicktime Video (Grade Level: K-5)

Uploaded: January 11, 2012

KSNN video explaining why the sky is blue.

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The Air We Breathe

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-4)

Uploaded: January 11, 2012

This colorful picture book is designed to introduce Earth's atmosphere and its importance to life on Earth. It's appropriate for students in grades K-4.

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Lunar & Meteorite Geology Content

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: January 04, 2012

This Powerpoint is a compilation of presentations created by Stephanie Shipp of LPI, Noah Petro of GSFC and assorted NASA AESP Education specialists. It is used for the content background presentation portion of the Lunar and Meteroite Sample training program managed by NASA's ARES labs at the Johnson Space Center.

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Space School Musical

Media Player Video (Grade Level: 2-12)

Uploaded: January 04, 2012

Discovery Multimedia presents a multi media trip through the solar system in this ultra-cool edu-tainment “hip-hopera” that is out of this world! Move and groove along with the planets, moons, meteors, comets, asteroids and even some rockin’ scientists as they sing, dance and serve up the freshest facts in the galaxy. Hannah is trying to finish her science project - a model of the solar system. But there’s a problem: it’s due tomorrow, she’s not finished yet, and it’s past her bedtime. How will she get it done? With a little help from her friends – the most talented troupe in the Milky Way!

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Going Through Phases (Lunar Phase Sequencing)

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 2-8)

Uploaded: December 15, 2011

This activity originates as an activity that used snack sized Oreo Cookies as the medium for children to carve out the frosting and assemble a Moon phase cycle model. Many schools have passed policies which prohibit teachers from introducing food items as tools in the curriculum, so this paper plate version was developed. Certainly, not as tasty, but inexpensive, reuseable and easy to create. After the teacher has introduced lab activities that suggest inquiry related to how light and shadows interact with three dimensional objects, this activity serves as a two dimensional assessment of the concepts. Teacher places students around the room holding the Full and New Moon phases and students holding all of the various degrees in-between find their place. Process skills for evaluation and comparison are applicable.

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Solar System in Your Pocket (PowerPoint Directions)

Presentation in PowerPoint (Grade Level: 2-12)

Uploaded: December 15, 2011

In working with teachers on solar system resources, the "Solar System in Your Pocket" activity is a wonderfully designed scale activity that requires few resources. It is as much a directions following activity as it is a representation of the relative distances of the planets in our solar system, so this PowerPoint presentation was designed to create a visual to accompany the written and oral directions. Coupled with the original design by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, students may become aware of the small scale applications of astronomical units and the comparisons of distances of the solar system's planets. Teachers may insert the curious mathematical table of the Bode's - Titus Law that predicts average orbital distances. It is important to discuss the misconceptions associated with models, this one included. For example, the idea that the planets are "lined up" as they appear in most graphics and that these distances do not vary.

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Dawn Classrooms - Dwarf Planet Activity

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Uploaded: December 05, 2011

This middle school activity, developed for NASA’s Dawn mission, utilizes a researched-based instructional strategy called direct vocabulary instruction to help students understand the new definitions of planet and dwarf planet. Site contains teacher guide with background information as well as student activity pages.

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Pocket Solar System

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-8)

Uploaded: October 27, 2011

Pocket Solar System: Making a Scale Model of our Solar System is a very easy and inexpensive activity that uses adding machine paper and fractions to make a scale model of the distances of the planets, asteroids and Pluto in our solar system. http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/download-view.cfm?Doc_ID=392

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Exploring Strange New Worlds

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-12)

Uploaded: October 05, 2011

This activity is a simulation of the progression of missions employed by NASA to collect observations and research exoplanets orbiting distant stars. Participants become members of a research team that makes observations on three modeled alien worlds. The first observations are the simplest viewing at a distance and progressively collect more data by moving closer to the planets and using advanced technologies, until they ultimately collect a sample of the planet they are observing.

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Visualizing the Planets to Scale

Lesson Plan in Word (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: August 12, 2011

Creating the eight planets of the Solar System to scale using different size spheres/balls.

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Red Shift, Blue Shift

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students get a chance to apply their understanding of the relationship between wavelength and frequency to explain the Doppler effect first in sound and then in electromagnetic waves.

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Space Operations Learning Center

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

A set of four online training units on Space Communications, Flight Dynamics, Information Processing, and Mission Operations. There are also three lower elementary modules.

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Investigating Ice Worlds

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students use various light sources to examine ice and understand how NASA studies planets and moons from space

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Amazing Rays

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Uploaded: June 23, 2011

Students explore light and heat as different components of the Sun’s energy using photo reactive paper as a passive sensor

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Lava Layering

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Simulate repeated volcanic eruptions and how they build a terrain.

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Space Weather Action Center

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students monitor the progress of an entire solar storm from the time it erupts from our Sun until it sweeps past our small planet effecting enormous changes in our magnetic field.

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Build a Magnetometer

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students build a magnetometer using a soda bottle and a bar magnet to understand how to monitor and study magnetic fields and storms.

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Moon Phase and Libration

Quicktime Video (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: June 20, 2011

NASA Animator, Chris Smith, has created an animation that shows wonderfully detailed images of the moon with an explanation of its phases and eclipses as seen from the Earth. This marks the first time that accurate shadows at this level of detail are possible in such a computer simulation. The shadows are based on the global elevation map being developed from measurements by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). LOLA has already taken more than 10 times as many elevation measurements as all previous missions combined. The Moon always keeps the same face to us, but not exactly the same face. Because of the tilt and shape of its orbit, we see the Moon from slightly different angles over the course of a month. When a month is compressed into 12 seconds, as it is in this animation, our changing view of the Moon makes it look like it's wobbling. This wobble is called libration. The word comes from the Latin for "balance scale" (as does the name of the zodiac constellation Libra) and refers to the way such a scale tips up and down on alternating sides. The sub-Earth point gives the amount of libration in longitude and latitude. The sub-Earth point is also the apparent center of the Moon's disk and the location on the Moon where the Earth is directly overhead. The Moon is subject to other motions as well. It appears to roll back and forth around the sub-Earth point. The roll angle is given by the position angle of the axis, which is the angle of the Moon's north pole relative to celestial north. The Moon also approaches and recedes from us, appearing to grow and shrink. The two extremes, called perigee (near) and apogee (far), differ by more than 10%. The most noticed monthly variation in the Moon's appearance is the cycle of phases, caused by the changing angle of the Sun as the Moon orbits the Earth. The cycle begins with the waxing (growing) crescent Moon visible in the west just after sunset. By first quarter, the Moon is high in the sky at sunset and sets around midnight. The full Moon rises at sunset and is high in the sky at midnight. The third quarter Moon is often surprisingly conspicuous in the daylit western sky long after sunrise. Celestial north is up in these images, corresponding to the view from the northern hemisphere. The descriptions of the print resolution stills also assume a northern hemisphere orientation. To adjust for southern hemisphere views, rotate the images 180 degrees, and substitute "north" for "south" in the descriptions.

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Vegetable Light Curves

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

In this activity, students will observe the surface of rotating potatoes to help them understand how astronomers can sometimes determine the shape of asteroids from variations in reflective brightness.

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Year of the Solar System: Missions

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This is a Web site containing an up-todate comprehensive review of all planetary missions launched during the Year of the Solar System.

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Solar Comparisons

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Students compare the temperature, diameter, and distance to the Sun with familiar things on Earth.

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Walking Planet Distances

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity has two parts: Exploring Planet Sizes and Walking Planet Distances. The second part of the activity takes the students outside to walk the distances between the planets over a 600-meter area.

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Can Photosynthesis Occur on Saturn?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-12)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

Activity teaches the basic principle of photosynthesis and how light intensity diminishes as a function of distance from the light source. Observations are made over an extended period, although the activity set-up may take place in a shorter period of time. Activity originated from NASA Educational Brief Cassini Science Investigation Can Photosynthesis Occur on Saturn?

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The Sun's Habitable Zone

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This website provides a way for students to build a planet by changing the variables. Each planet receives a rating of cold, hot, or habitable based on the data entered by the students. Four characteristics are used: the mass of the star the planet is orbiting, the distance of the planet from the star, the bond albedo of the planet, and the greenhouse effect of the planet's atmosphere.

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Space Weather Action Centers

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students investigate solar storms and their effect on the Earth to produce a space weather daily report.

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Earth vs. Mars—What similar physical processes occur on both Earth and Mars?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

In this activity, students work in pairs to compare and contrast the physical processes that may be inferred through the observation of images of both Mars and Earth. They will discuss the processes that have occurred on the Earth and the outcomes that have resulted and transfer this knowledge to the interpretation of the processes that may have occurred on Mars.

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Solar System Missions

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students research recent discoveries about our solar system using NASA Internet sites.

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Exploring Planet Sizes

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students investigate planetary sizes by using models to represent planets in our solar system.This activity has two parts: Exploring Planet Sizes and Walking Planet Distances. In this first part students find objects (food and candy) to match the sizes of the planets for a Solar System model on the one ten-billionth scale.

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Assessing Planets as Candidates for Life

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students engage in a thorough investigation of what life is, what life needs to live, what makes a world habitable, what can life tolerate, and is there life on other worlds. Series of five activities from the "Life on Earth ... and elsewhere?" Educator Guide from NASA's Astrobiology Institute.

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Astro-Venture: Search For and Design a Habitable Planet

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

This interactive web site allows students to determine what makes a planet habitable and hospitable for life. Astro-Venture includes areas for learning about Astronomy, Astropheric Sciences, Geology, Biology as they design their planet. Interviews with NASA scientists, trading cards, and hands on activities are also included.

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Searching for Meteorites

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 7-9)

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Small balloons are inserted with an assortment of small fragments of rock chips of different colors and then filled with water. Students drop the water-filled balloons and observe and record the debris field pattern of the impact by observing the scattered rock chips where the balloons broke.

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Detecting Planet Transits

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-8)

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students model NASA's Kepler mission observations of planetary transits (a planet moving in front of a star) by standing in a circle with model star (light bulb) in the center, and observing, through rolled up paper viewing tubes, a "bead" planet orbiting the star.

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Destination Mars

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This lesson is designed to increase students' knowledge, awareness, and curiosity about the process of scientific exploration of Mars. As scientists look for evidence of life on Mars, they will focus on how to get there: Navigation and Trajectory.

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Mars Bound

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Students will be introduced to the design process, engineering, and technology. Students will learn that the design process is not a simple linear progression from one step to the next resulting in a finished product. Although there are steps, the design process is an iterative one: designing, modifying, testing, and redesigning until a finished product is made. A central tenet of engineering, however, is that there is no such thing as a “perfect design.”

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