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Mission: Possible—How Can We Plan an Exploration of Another World?

This Mission: Possible—How Can We Plan an Exploration of Another World? lesson plan also includes:

An astronaut's spacesuit weighs 280 pounds and takes 45 minutes to put on — that's a serious suit! The second activity of a three-part series allows pupils to see all that goes into space exploration. Through simulations, groups analyze four missions types and then apply these advantages and disadvantages, deciding how to explore an object in our solar system. After coming up with a final answer, they present it to the class.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Share with classes the costs of space exploration (hundreds of millions of dollars) and discuss where this money comes from
Classroom Considerations
  • Groups give presentations, which can be done via computers (PowerPoint) or posters
  • To save time, teachers may want to create the model planets from activity one, part B ahead of time
Pros
  • Activity provides a lengthy science overview to help prepare teachers and/or give learners information
  • Includes answer keys
Cons
  • None
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