Exploring Meteorite Mysteries - Slide Set
About this Slide Set
This set of forty-eight 35 mm slides has been prepared to supplement the activities in the Exploring Meteorite Mysteries book. The slides and narrative descriptions are divided into four parts. The first 25 slides present a general introduction to meteorites and what they tell us about the history of the solar system. It begins with observations of meteorite falls, depicts meteorites and their formation processes, and concludes with their impact on life and future exploration of the solar system. The remaining three parts are more detailed sections for use with various lessons in the activity guide. These sections reuse some of the slides from the introduction. One section on impact craters illustrates craters on Earth, the Moon and other planets. The next section on classification and formation depicts various meteorite types and the processes of accretion, differentiation, volcanism, and impact. The final section shows collection, curation, and research on Antarctic meteorites.
The slide set is distributed to educators with the Meteorite Sample Disk. Anyone desiring a permanent copy of the slide set may order it at cost from NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE). The address for CORE is listed at the bottom of this page.
This slide set was produced by the Planetary Missions and Materials Branch
About the Exploring Meteorite Mysteries Book
The study of meteorites provides a unifying theme that links almost every aspect of Earth and planetary science with mathematics, physics, chemistry, and even biology. The effects of meteorite impacts have serious implications for social science. The activities in Exploring Meteorite Mysteries are designed for upper elementary to high school levels. Many of the lessons begin with a simple activity and build to more complex ones. The Curriculum Content Matrix, Lesson Topic Planner and Lesson Sequence Suggestions may assist teachers in integrating the meteorite activities with their existing Earth science curricula and standards requirements.
The Teacher's Guide, Meteorites, Clues to Solar System History, gives a broad introduction to many aspects of meteorite science. It tells the story of solar system history from the formation of the planets to catastrophic impacts on Earth. It helps the students learn how scientists use studies of these rocks from space to decipher that history. The Meteorite ABC's and Solar System ABC's Fact Sheets contain important information about meteorites and bodies in the solar system in convenient table format.
To obtain a copy of Exploring Meteorite Mysteries (EG-1997-08-104-HQ) contact: