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Is There Ice on Mercury?
Grade Level: 6-8
Lesson Time: Less Than 30 Minutes
Body: Mercury
Mission: MESSENGER (Mercury)

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Short Description: Since the 1990's, radio astronomers have mapped Mercury. An outstanding curiosity is that in the polar regions, some craters appear to have "anomalous reflectivity" in the shadowed areas of these craters. One interpretation is that this is caused by sub-surface ice

Why We Chose This Lesson
This lesson was chosen for its quality and potential alignment to Next Generation Science Standards.

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Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

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Practices:

  • 5-Using mathematics and computational thinking

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Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 3-Scale, proportion and quantity

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Credit: SpaceMath@NASA


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Last Updated: 19 Aug 2014