This fun and simple hands-on astronomy activity lets learners explore model planets (that they or an educator will create), using methods NASA scientists use to explore our Solar System. Learners role play teams of scientists living on a planet orbiting a distant star, who must explore their planetary system for the first time. This activity encourages creative thinking—such as scenting a planet model with an aroma or freezing it, and creating a mission budget and radio message.The PDF contains step-by-step instructions, photos, presentation tips, and links to background information. Prep time will depend on learners' age and the extent of detail in their planet models.


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