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Lunar Colonization - Human Exploration Resources:


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Make a Moon "Flick Book"
NASA's moon page
Moonrise & Moonset times for Chicago
NASA - What will the moon look like tonight?
PHASES OF THE MOON:
ECLIPSE ANIMATIONS: Many good animations on this site --
  • Check out the eclipse interactive. Use your mouse to move the moon through lunar & solar eclipses.
  • Also check out the lunar phases animation. Use your mouse to move the moon through its orbit & watch what happens to the phases (as seen from earth).
TIDES ANIMATION:
TIDES ANIMATION 2 (you can stop this animation as the Earth & moon move through their orbits)
WHY ARE THERE 2 TIDAL BULGES INSTEAD OF JUST ONE? -- Good animation from NOVA

Animation -- Impact Theory of the Moon's formation

<-- CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A REAL-LIFE ACTIVITY FROM NASA SCIENTISTS: Here are the facts about the environment, the geology, topology, resources & other advantages/disadvantages of 5 different sites that NASA is considering for our first lunar colony. Investigate all 5 and tell us which you would choose!

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Web Resources for Solar System Info:


Check out an example of a Glogster page about Europa

DIFFERENTIATION:
  • If you want a challenge, check out this slide show about Astrobiology... start on slide 20 because the first part has some difficult information about the Drake equation that might be confusing to you. The rest of the presentation is pretty interesting if you are a good reader.
  • NY Times Article: "Hot on the Trail of 'Just Right' planet"
  • Video analysis: Check out this time lapse video of all of the asteroids that have been discovered from 1980 to 2010. Use the numbers on the side to make a visual timeline of the patterns. (You can capture screen shots for illustrations on a Mac with the shortcut shift+command+4)

ASTROBIOLOGY

SPACE SURVIVOR GAME!

Outwit * Outplay * Outlast
in Outer Space!
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Investigate the possibility of extraterrestrial life on Mars or Europa, then design a believable alien that could survive in that environment.


Generally Cool Info:

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For Those Curious About Constellations

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Frequently Asked Questions:


What is Ascension & Declination?

Stories of the Constellations

Interactive Night Sky

Cultural Astronomy (interactive map & stories)
Multicultural Astronomy
Interactive Atlas of World Astronomy

Space Hopper Constellation Game
Multimedia Gallery (good animations on this site)




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Build your own model of the solar system:



Cool video about sunspots!




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Picture of rotating moon from NASA's picture of the day website: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap051113.html || ||