space exploration: mission to mine
Create a Station that Mines Planets or other celestial bodies for Resources
By Phillip & Kayla Roenspie - United states
with contributions from Maria blue
SPACE EXPLORATION: MISSION TO MINE
Activity Duration: 60-120 minutes
Recommended Age: 10-13
Planets, moons, asteroids and other celestial bodies in our solar system aren’t just giant rocks or gaseous objects orbiting in space. They may have valuable resources that can help humans explore space. These resources could be materials needed directly on Earth or for deeper space travel (water, fuel, building materials, etc.) Plan a mission to make a planetary resource station and design a recruiting poster for the crew needed to launch your "Mission to Mine!"
NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places. Water on the moon could help sustain lunar astronauts and even propel missions to Mars, if harvesting it can be made practical. Read more here.
Resource Stations on other planets could aid Space Exploration.
Check out the sample recruiting poster to the left!
See the steps for this activity summarized in this graphic:
See the document below for a more detailed lesson plan:
SHOW US YOUR MISSION TO MINE POSTER - Send us pictures, videos, or drawings of your poster to SciArt Exchange (submit here) , and we will share your creativity with other kids around the world.
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