The lessons in this package are designed to increase students' knowledge, awareness, and curiosity about the process of scientific exploration of Mars. As scientists look for evidence of life on Mars, they will focus much of their search in areas where volcanic heat and water interacted early in the geologic history of the planet. Two lessons in this packet on volcanoes and mapping river channels reinforce these basic geologic processes. These lessons lead directly to a set of simple activities that help students develop an understanding of the microbial life scientists will be searching for on Mars. The hands-on, interdisciplinary activities reinforce and extend important concepts within existing curricula.
Lesson 1. Getting There: Navigation and Trajectory
Lesson 2. Tricky Terrain: Investigating Planetary Soils
Lesson 3. Lava Layering: Making and Mapping a Volcano
Lesson 4. Mapping Mars: Geologic Sequence of Craters and River Channels
Lesson 5. Searching for Life on Mars
Lesson 6. Why Do We Explore?
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