This activity is about the use of remote sensing in planetary exploration. Learners will find out how human curiosity in planetary exploration results in science questions, engineering solutions, and teamwork. This activity demonstrates how planetary features are discovered by the use of remote-sensing techniques. Students will experience the different phases in planetary exploration, including telescope observations, fly by missions, orbiters, landers, rovers, and their own ideas about human exploration. The lesson models scientific inquiry using the 5E instructional model and includes teacher notes, prerequisite concepts and vocabulary.


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    Space Science,Engineering and technology:Aircraft, probes, satellites and/or spacecraft,Engineering and technology:Remote sensing,Vocational/Professional Development Education,History/Policy/Law,NSDL,Planetary Science,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-115,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140407124319099T,The nature of science,The nature of technology,Planetary exploration,Elementary School,Space science,Types of missions,Mars Exploration Program,Middle School,Earth and space science:Solar system:Comparative planetology,Technology,Engineering,History of science



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