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Space Rocks Tell Their Secrets: Space Science Applications of Physics and Chemistry for High School and College Classes: UpdateAs 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 six-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 authentic data, students realize that the research is an application of two basic science concepts taught in the classroom, the electromagnetic spectrum and isotopes.
Document ID
20040062027
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
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)
McReynolds, Julie (Goose Creek Independent School District Baytown, TX, United States)
Porter, T. Todd (Clear Creek Independent School District League City, TX, United States)
Veile, Jeri (Clear Creek Independent School District League City, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2004
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXV: Engaging K-12 Educators, Students, and the General Public in Space Science Exploration
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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