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In this transit of Mercury learning exercise, students read about Earth and Mercury lining up so that Mercury passes across the disk of the sun from the Earth's view. Students solve 3 problems and they determine the diameter of the solar disk when Mercury crosses the sun, they determine the size of Mercury's appearance and they find the next time the transit of Earth and Mercury will occur.
In this ice on Mercury activity, students read about the data collected from the NASA Messenger and the Arecibo Radio Telescope indicating the possibility of ice on Mercury. Students solve 6 problems including finding the scale of the image, determining the diameter of features in the diagrams, determining the total volume of ice predicted and determining the mass of the ice.
Students read an E-Sheet about the Mission to Mercury. They follow a variety of worksheets and on-line activities that follow the E-Sheet. They discuss several different scenarios regarding space exploration. They analyze one of the different instruments that was aboard the Messenger.