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This is a lesson about determining planetary composition. Learners will use a reflectometer to determine which minerals are present (from a set of knowns) in a sample of Mars soil simulant. Requires the use of ALTA II spectrometers (which may be borrowed from the Lunar and Planetary Institute or purchased online) and Mars soil simulant. The activity is part of Project Spectra, a science and engineering program for middle-high school students, focusing on how light is used to explore the Solar System.

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    • Grade 1
    • Grade 2
    • Grade 3
    • Grade 4
    • Grade 5
    • Grade 6
    • Grade 7
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    • Grade 10
    • Grade 11
    • Grade 12

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    Grade 6,NSDL,Planetary Science,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,Grade 8,Grade 9,Space Science,Grade 7,Physical sciences:Light and optics,Grade 10,Grade 11,Grade 12,Physical sciences:Chemistry,Middle School,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407123221217T,Chemistry,Physics,Engineering and technology:Remote sensing,Engineering,High School,Space science,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Earth and space science:Solar system:Planetary science,Technology

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    English

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