Grades 4 to 7

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Grades 4 to 7

Make a constellation viewer and learn about the North Star.

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Students use a variety of sources of information to compare the physical characteristics of Mars to the physical characteristics of Earth. Students will use a Venn diagram to organize information and determine what similarities exist between these two planets. Students then consider the implications of the physical characteristics of Mars vs. Earth in terms of the challenges to overcome in preparing for a human interplanetary mission to Mars.

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This animation looks at a basic physical comparison of the Earth with our closest neighbor, Mars. (2:48 min.)

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Learn how to transplant your Tomatosphere™ plant!

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In this episode of #AskAbby, we are so excited to have special guests join Astronaut Abby to discuss how plants will be cultivated on Mars!

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Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk and Belgian astronaut Frank De Winne discuss the different types of foods available on the ISS during their 2009 mission. (5:07 min.)

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Because the ISS is dependent on Earth for its full life support needs, it is an open system. Scientists are working on creating a closed system using machinery and programs to recycle and reuse matter to maintain a supply of air, water, and food independent from Earth.

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Astronauts traveling to Mars will need to grow some of their own food in order to survive and stay healthy. But on Mars will there be enough light to meet the needs of growing plants?

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The Milestones in Space Plant Research timeline highlights the efforts of research agencies around the world to investigate the effects of the space environment on plant life. Follow the timeline from 1946 until the present day, where space plant research

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Is the weather on Mars anything like the weather on Earth? NOVA asked Vicky Hipkin from the Canadian Space Agency, who was part of the recent Phoenix Mission to explore conditions on the Red Planet.

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