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Short Description: This is a free multimedia software application that facilitates scientific analysis by allowing virtually any pictures, graphics, animations, and movies to be compared side by side. The solar system dataset contains comparisons of the planets and major moons within our solar system. Users can upload graphical, animated, interactive, textual, and audio-formatted content into the categories and attributes grid and then supplement their data with customized multiple choice and summary assessment tests.

Topic: Investigating Our Planetary Family Tree

Grade Level: 9-12

Body: Earth, Mars

Mission: InSight (Mars), MAVEN (Mars)

Science Education Standards: Benchmarks

Grades 9-14
By the end of 12th grade, students should know that: As the Earth and other planets formed, the heavier elements fell to their centers. On planets close to the Sun (Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars), the lightest elements were mostly blown or boiled away by radiation from the newly formed Sun; on the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) the lighter elements still surround them as deep atmospheres of gas or as frozen solid layers. 4A/H5** (SFAA)

Source: NASA Quest


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Last Updated: 13 Mar 2014