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Final Task | The Solar System



solar_system.jpgWelcome again! Your training period has finished. We consider you are ready to complete your most important mission. Thank you so much for collaborating with the Didactic Space Station again. We hope you were successful in other missions...

As in previous missions, we will explain you what we expect from you and the rest of your crew.

As always, we recommend you to read some pieces of advice which must arise your interest and attention in order to fulfill this new challenge. You will find them in our department of 'process'. As you probably know and in case you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact the Squadron Leader.

It is time now to explore the whole solar system. Are you ready for this new and challenging trip? The Mission 'The Solar System' starts now!

We will provide you with detailed information in the following lines. Please, pay attention to these instructions:

- To start with, you need to make up a group of 4 explorers. All of you will have a given function and none will have advantages over the rest of the group.The four passengers of Popi-83ACF will be granted with the same power and status. As we have mentioned before, Popi-83ACF will be the navy which will enable your team to reach the most amazing and spectacular planets.

- Your journey has already started. You are flying in our cosmic neighbourhood. You are about to enjoy and discover the eight planets in our Solar System. Your crew must be relaxed, the journey is long but enriching at the same time. Just enjoy:






INDIVIDUAL TASK | ROLES



Each explorer must choose one of the following roles:


Explorer 1.
You are an explorer specializing in geography and astronomy. As you probably know, there are eight planets in our Solar System. However, they are usually classified in two groups depending on their position in our Solar System. Investigate about this fact surfing on the following webs and find out the name of both groups and the planets which are included in each of them. What are the main differences between both groups?
Moreover, we want you to investigate about the distance from the Sun to each planet. You will find information about the planets at the bottom of the page.


http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/planets.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtKNH2Y2OJM&feature=fvw




Explorer 2. You are an explorer specializing in history and etymology. You are in charge of historical information about the planets. You have to find out who discovered them and when. Moreover, you must investigate about their names. How did planets get their names?

http://www.nasm.si.edu/CEPS/ETP/discovery/etpdiscovery.html

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/question16.html

http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0875452.html

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/questions/question48.html

http://www.netechacademy.net/fall06/The_Oracle/planetnames.html

http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=372






Explorer 3. You are an explorer specializing in photography and geology. You will have to find amazing and spectacular pictures of Mercury, Venus and Mars. In addition, you should investigate about these four planets and write a brief summary of 50 words about general features such as their appearance, atmosphere, size, temperature and lenght of year. You will find useful information at the bottom of this page.




Explorer 4. You are an explorer specializing in photography and geology. Surf on the Internet and take beautiful and spectacular pictures of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Moreover, find out these four planets and prepare a brief summary of 50 words about general features such as their appearance, atmosphere, size, temperature or length of year. You will find useful information at the bottom of this page.




Brief information about the Universe and the Solar System

http://www.history.com/content/universe/interactive-universe

Mercury.pngMercury

http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/mercury/index.htm

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/mercury.html


http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mercury

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/mercury/mercury.html


Venus.pngVenus

http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/venus/index.htm

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/venus.html

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Venus

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/venus/venus.html

Earth.pngEarth


http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/earth/index.htm


http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/earth.html

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Earth

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/earth/earth.html


Mars.png Mars

http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/mars/index.htm


http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/mars.html

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Mars

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/mars/mars.html

Jupiter.pngJupiter


http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/jupiter/index.htm

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/jupiter.html


http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Jupiter

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/jupiter/jupiter.html


Saturn.pngSaturn

http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/saturn/index.htm

http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/saturn.html


http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Saturn

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/saturn/saturn.html


Uranus.pngUranus



http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/uranus/index.htm


http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/uranus.html

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Uranus

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/uranus/uranus.html

Neptune.pngNeptune


http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/ceps/etp/neptune/index.htm


http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/solar_system_level2/neptune.html

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/profile.cfm?Object=Neptune

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/neptune/neptune.html




WHOLE GROUP TASK | DESIGN TWO BROCHURES


After investigating individually, you are going to work in a cooperative way in order to design two travel brochures for two different planets. Read the following instructions:

1. Choose two planets. Each planet must belong to a different group (one from the first group and the other from the second one) according to what the explorer 1 has found out. There is one exception, you cannot choose the Earth. Debate and decide which planets you are going to promote.

2. Create as many sections as you want. However, the brochure must include historical data (who and when the planets were discovered), curious facts (the origin of the Planet’s name…), and general information such as mass, size, temperature…
3. Make up a motto or slogan in order to attract visitors to your planets. One example could be ‘Blue is the colour of Life. Visit the Earth’. Include it in your brochure.
4. Insert pictures. They
must be colourful and attractive enough in order to promote your planets.

5. Be original and have fun!

Here you are an example: EARTH



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