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In this problem-based learning (PBL) module, students take on the role of Captain aboard the fictional good ship Low Bid, the first manned spacecraft to orbit Mars. Their challenge: to choose a safe, interesting landing spot, using old Viking images... (View More)

Keywords: Mars; Image analysis
Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

In this activity, students consider the sudden release of a tremendous amount of kinetic energy when an extraterrestrial object strikes the Earth. In small groups, they study satellite images that show possible evidence of impact events. To... (View More)

This is a lesson about the motion of a coronal mass ejection, also called a CME. Learners will calculate the velocity and acceleration of a CME based on its position in a series of images from the Large-Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO)... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about the solar cycle. Learners will use X-ray data from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) and record the total number of solar flares in their birth month over the course of eleven years and compute... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free

This is an activity about determining the size of a solar flare. Learners will measure the diameter of a solar flare by making calculations using transparency grids overlaid on images of the Sun. This is the third activity as part of the "How Does... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per group of students

This is a tri-fold brochure about auroras: how they are produced, where they occur, the different colors that are seen, and why auroras are important. Learners can use this brochure to supplement instruction on related topics and to access other web... (View More)

Keywords: Aurora
Audience: Middle school, High school, Informal education
Materials Cost: Free

This activity is about the use of spectral data to identify mineral composition on Mars. Working in teams, students will compare and contrast spectra to identify similarities between Earth minerals and those from Mars. A short list of suggested... (View More)

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

This math example explains what celestial objects a person can see with the unaided eye from the vantage points of Earth and Mars, using simple math, algebra and astronomical distance information. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

This is a website that serves as an online textbook to tell the story of William Gilbert, English physicist during the time of Queen Elizabeth I, and the history of the discovery of Earth's magnetism. Learners can read about historical studies of... (View More)

This is a lesson about science as a human endeavor. Learners will use a diverse collection of profiles of people who work on the Cassini–Huygens mission to learn about science as a human endeavor and to reflect on their own career goals and... (View More)

Keywords: Careers
Audience: Elementary school, Middle school
Materials Cost: Free