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This is an activity about craters. Learners will analyze the distribution of crater sizes on the Moon. This activity is part of "Ways of Seeing," an interactive, educational CD-ROM from NASA's Cassini Program. The Cassini spacecraft is the first to... (View More)

This is an activity about cratering. Learners will observe and identify distinctive features of craters. This exercise will help students grasp how craters provide information about the history of the solar system. This activity is part of "Ways of... (View More)

This is an activity about orbital speed. Learners will create an analogy to planetary orbits using weights on a string that demonstrates the farther a moon is from a planet (or a planet from the Sun), the slower its orbital speed. This activity is... (View More)

Audience: Middle school

This is a lesson about the effects of large impacts. Learners will use critical thinking skills to evaluate and apply data from a narrative to a scientific selection process, will demonstrate or visualize simulations of some of the effects of a huge... (View More)

Keywords: Meteorites
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This is a lesson about planet formation. Learners will observe and describe differentiated samples in the Meteorite Sample Disk (or photographs), conduct experiments to model the separation of light and heavy materials within a planetary body,... (View More)

In this activity, learners will determine the factors affecting the appearance of impact craters and ejecta on the Moon. Extensions are listed. This activity is in Unit 2 of the Exploring the Moon teachers guide, which is designed for use... (View More)

This is a lesson about the path meteorites take to get from the asteroid belt to Earth and how rare it is for the Earth to be hit by a large asteroid. Three activities comprise the lesson. Learners will draw circles and ellipses to illustrate basic... (View More)

This is a lesson about impact craters; the relationships between crater size, projectile size and projectile velocity; and the transfer of energy in the cratering process. Learners will create plaster of Paris or layered dry impact craters and... (View More)

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