Comet on a Stick - Deep Impact

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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.

Tags: solar system, comets, models, planets, scale

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