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Is There Water on Mars?
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Lesson Time: 30-60 Minutes
Body: Mars
Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey (Mars), Mars Exploration Rover: Opportunity (Mars), Mars Exploration Rovers (Mars), Mars Exploration Rovers: Spirit (Mars), Mars Express (Mars), Mars Global Surveyor (Mars), Mars Pathfinder/Sojourner (Mars), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (Mars), Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity (Mars), MAVEN (Mars)

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Short Description: Is there liquid water on Mars? By experimenting with water as it changes state and investigating some effects of air pressure, students not only learn core ideas in physical science but can deduce the water situation on Mars by applying those concepts.

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

Disciplinary Core Ideas

  • ESS1: Earth's Place in the Universe

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  • 3-Planning and carrying out investigations

Read more: Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • 1-Patterns
  • 7-Stability and change

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Last Updated: 6 Aug 2014