Mining Asteroids for Space Treasure!

Can humans really live in space? Which elements and compounds are essential for life? An informative video explores the concept of mining asteroids for important chemicals needed to support life in space. Viewers then identify the chemicals that are essential for life and find out how to source the materials to use in outer space.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a discussion starter for benefits and risks for living in outer space
  • Extend learning about chemical elements and their uses
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects scholars have a general knowledge of chemical elements and space
  • Interesting content holds viewers' attention
  • Relates space exploration to biology and chemistry topics
  • Video is a few years old and some information is out of date
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