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In this activity, students develop and demonstrate their ability to use textual information and data to persuade a reading audience of the benefits of using microcalorimeter detectors to do X-ray astronomy. They will summarize in their own words various reading selections, and use results from previous exercises in their persuasion writing. This final assignment will serve as closure. Students have learned about doing astronomy at different energies, about the life cycles of the stars, about how new technology can improve understanding of the way the Universe works. In this assignment, all of that information will be integrated into a writing exercise. Students will invent an X-ray satellite, name it, draw a picture of it and try to sell it through their written summation.
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