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Space Rocks Tell Their Secrets: Space Science Applications of Physics and Chemistry for High School and College ClassesAs the scientific community studies Mars remotely for signs of life and uses Martian meteorites as its only available samples, teachers, students, and the general public continue to ask, "How do we know these meteorites are from Mars?" This question sets the stage for a three-lesson instructional package Space Rocks Tell Their Secrets. Expanding on the short answer "It's the chemistry of the rock", students are introduced to the research that reveals the true identities of the rocks. Since few high school or beginning college students have the opportunity to participate in this level of research, a slide presentation introduces them to the labs, samples, and people involved with the research. As they work through the lessons and interpret real data, students realize that the research is an application of basic science concepts they should know, the electromagnetic spectrum and isotopes. They can understand the results without knowing how to do the research or operate the instruments.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Lindstrom, M. M.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Tobola, K. W.
(Lockheed Martin Engineering and Sciences Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Stocco, K.
(Pasadena Independent School District Pasadena, TX, United States)
Henry, M.
(San Antonio Independent School District San Antonio, TX, United States)
Allen, J. S.
(Lockheed Martin Engineering and Sciences Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIV
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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