A Journey Through Outer Space
This TopicQuest was designed for Caleb and Rachel
By Jessica Benson, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher

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Introduction
    Welcome to outer space!  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on a different planet?  These wonderful websites will provide you with all the information you need to explore the solar system to find just the right planet for you.  So sit back, relax, and hold on tight as we journey through outer space!



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1.  Have you ever wondered how much you weighed on different planets?  Did you know that your age is also different on other planets?  Visit these websites to find out what your weight and age is on other planets.

solarsystem3 2.  Which planet is the smallest? Which planet is the largest?  Use this website to find out as you travel from Mercury to Pluto.
earth 3.  How well do you know your planets and objects of the solar system?  Answer the questions correctly to see how many cards you can collect!
 saturn 4.  So what excatly is a planet?  Read this Encarta Encyclopedia article to find out.
solarsystem2 5.  Want to see the planets up close?  Click on a planet to check out a collection of the best images from NASA's planetary exploration program.
 solarsystem4 6.  Do you think you know all there is to know about the solar system?  Visit this website about the solar system, then answer the questions correctly to solve this solar system puzzle!


Mission
     You have just been chosen by NASA to fly into outer space to gather information about the planets in our solar system.  Your mission is to fly to each planet to study and discover the features and locations of all of the planets.   Use this website to collect your data.  After studying the solar system and the planets in it, you will choose one planet other than Earth you would like to live on.  Report this to NASA and explain why you think people should live on your planet.  Good luck and have fun!


Mission Steps
1.  Go to this website to find out how many planets there are in the solar system and name all of the planets starting with the one closest to the sun.

2.  After exploring all of the websites about planets, choose the planet that you would like to live on.

3.  Write down 5 interesting facts about your planet.

4.  Draw a picture of the planet you chose and write a letter to NASA explaining why you think people should live on this planet.


CONGRATULATIONS!
You have successfully completed your mission!




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