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Mission Geography: Mars, Earth and the Quest for Life (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
Mission Geography uses existing NASA data and images where possible to engage students in active, hands-on inquiry, modeling the scientific method and developing students; understanding of environment-society relations and earth science. This module begins with investigations of how observations are obtained and interpreted. Earth observations from space play an important role in weather reports, the potential yield of large crops and military use to aid in our country's defense. Along with Earth, this module studies Mars and the possibility that life existed, or perhaps may still exist, on that planet, an idea that has been debated since the late 1800's. The comparison of Earth and Mars is accomplished by identifying and observing similar physical processes that exist on both worlds. Each investigation is complete with overview, a list of materials and supplies, content preview, classroom procedures, worksheets, background, and evaluation.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
Subject:
  • Agricultural science
  • Atmospheric science
  • Environmental science
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
NASA images generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages. This general permission does not include the NASA insignia logo (the blue "meatball" insignia), the NASA logotype (the red "worm" logo) and the NASA seal. These images may not be used by persons who are not NASA employees or on products (including Web pages) that are not NASA sponsored. If the NASA material is to be used for commercial purposes, especially including advertisements, it must not explicitly or implicitly convey NASA's endorsement of commercial goods or services.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-241
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in society
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • History of science
        • Nature of science
        • Science as a human endeavor
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
    • The uses of geography:
      • How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Sarah Witham Bednarz
Texas A&M University, Department of Geology

Publisher: Geography Education National Implementation Project