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.
- 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