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Life on Mars: Science Fact or Science Fiction?

Using NASA's planet fact sheets, collaborative groups discuss what the basic needs are for a human to survive, and how likely he would be to survive on another planet. Assign each group a different planet and have them compare its statistics to those of Earth. They also read and discuss a New York Times article about the 1999 launch of the Mars Polar Lander and the Mars Climate Orbiter.

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CCSS: Adaptable


  • Lesson plan offers cross-curricular suggestions
  • Uses a New York Times article for the reading piece
  • Accesses data published by NASA

  • The main lesson only consists of reading and discussion; however, extension activity ideas are provided
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