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Star Witness News: Hubble Witnesses Fireworks from Comet Collision DLESE Reviewed Collection
This article tells the story of the Deep Impact spacecraft's encounter with comet 9P/Tempel 1. A portion of the spacecraft, the impactor, crashed into the comet and released a storm of material. Scientific words and phrases that might be new to the student are identified and defined. Discussion questions with answers are also available to help focus the student?s attention on important information and to challenge students to apply their knowledge. The article is from the Amazing Space science newspaper, The Star Witness, which can be used as a science content reading.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-ESERevProd-000-000-000-432
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Bonnie Eisenhamer