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published by the NASA Johnson Space Center: Astromaterials Research Office
edited by Marilyn Lindstrom
This resource is a set of 19 lessons on meteorites and their effects upon impact with Earth, developed by NASA's Astromaterials Research center. Appropriate for grades 6-12, each lesson is aligned to national science and math standards. The collection is divided into units based on key questions students may ask about meteorites: "What are they?", "Where do they come from?", and "What happens when they hit the Earth?" Lessons range in complexity from very simple introductory material to more advanced meteorite detection and planetary evolution.

Educators who complete a cost-free certification process with NASA may have use of a Meteorite Sample Disk and accompanying slide show for classroom use.
  
NASA's Astromaterials Research Office (ARES), is responsible for conducting fundamental research on meteorites, cosmic dust, solar wind, lunar rocks, and orbital debris.
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- Solar System
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= Comets
= Meteors
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ARES, NASA research, astronomy research, cosmic debris, meteor crater, meteor impact, meteor research, meteorites, meteoroids
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Metadata instance created March 10, 2010 by Caroline Hall
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May 27, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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May 25, 2008

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

1. The Nature of Science

1B. Scientific Inquiry
  • 9-12: 1B/H3. Sometimes, scientists can control conditions in order to obtain evidence. When that is not possible, practical, or ethical, they try to observe as wide a range of natural occurrences as possible to discern patterns.

4. The Physical Setting

4A. The Universe
  • 6-8: 4A/M4. Many chunks of rock orbit the sun. Those that meet the earth glow and disintegrate from friction as they plunge through the atmosphere—and sometimes impact the ground. Other chunks of rock mixed with ice have long, off-center orbits that carry them close to the sun, where the sun's radiation (of light and particles) boils off frozen materials from their surfaces and pushes it into a long, illuminated tail.
4B. The Earth
  • 6-8: 4B/M3. Everything on or anywhere near the earth is pulled toward the earth's center by gravitational force.
4G. Forces of Nature
  • 6-8: 4G/M1. Every object exerts gravitational force on every other object. The force depends on how much mass the objects have and on how far apart they are. The force is hard to detect unless at least one of the objects has a lot of mass.

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (1993 Version)

1. THE NATURE OF SCIENCE

B. Scientific Inquiry
  • 1B (6-8) #1.  Scientists differ greatly in what phenomena they study and how they go about their work. Although there is no fixed set of steps that all scientists follow, scientific investigations usually involve the collection of relevant evidence, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses and explanations to make sense of the collected evidence.
  • 1B (6-8) #4.  New ideas in science sometimes spring from unexpected findings, and they usually lead to new investigations.

4. THE PHYSICAL SETTING

B. The Earth
  • 4B (6-8) #6.  Climates have sometimes changed abruptly in the past as a result of changes in the earth's crust, such as volcanic eruptions or impacts of huge rocks from space. Even relatively small changes in atmospheric or ocean content can have widespread effects on climate if the change lasts long enough.
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, edited by M. Lindstrom (NASA Johnson Space Center: Astromaterials Research Office, Houston, 2003), WWW Document, (http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/education/program/expmetmys.cfm).
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NASA ARES Project: Exploring Meteorite Mysteries, edited by M. Lindstrom (NASA Johnson Space Center: Astromaterials Research Office, Houston, 2003), <http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/education/program/expmetmys.cfm>.
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Lindstrom, M. (Ed.). (2008, May 25). NASA ARES Project: Exploring Meteorite Mysteries. Retrieved July 23, 2014, from NASA Johnson Space Center: Astromaterials Research Office: http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/education/program/expmetmys.cfm
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Lindstrom, Marilyn, ed. NASA ARES Project: Exploring Meteorite Mysteries. Houston: NASA Johnson Space Center: Astromaterials Research Office, May 25, 2008. http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/education/program/expmetmys.cfm (accessed 23 July 2014).
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Lindstrom, Marilyn, ed. NASA ARES Project: Exploring Meteorite Mysteries. Houston: NASA Johnson Space Center: Astromaterials Research Office, 2003. 25 May 2008. 23 July 2014 <http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/ares/education/program/expmetmys.cfm>.
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Is Part Of http://ares.jsc.nasa.gov/Education/

A link to the full collection of K-12 educational resources developed by NASA's Astromaterials Research Office. Topics include meteors, exploration of the moon, astrobiology (the search for life outside Earth),and planetary science.

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Is Simulated By Astronomy Workshop: Solar System Collisions

An interactive tool allowing users to "bombard" any planet in the solar system. Users set the diameter, velocity, and composition of the meteorite or colliding object. The program calculates crater depth and energy released upon collision.

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Covers the Same Topic As Astronomy Behind the Headlines: Cosmic Debris

A set of annotated links to web sites on meteor showers, meteorites, asteroids, comets, and related NASA image sets. Also features a podcast on Cosmic Debris by a noted SETI scientist.

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