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Modeling Solar System Objects
Grade Level: 5-8
Deep Impact (Comets)
Science Education Standards:
Content Standard D: Earth and Space Science:
Earth in the Solar System
- The Earth is the third planet from the sun in a system that includes the Moon, the sun, seven other planets and their moons, and smaller objects, such as asteroids and comets. The sun, an average star, is the central and largest body in the solar system.
Short Description: Students develop a model of a comet and use the same thought processes as a science and engineering team do to design and build missions. Students will use their model to test their theories about comets and then evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their comet model.
Source: Deep Impact