Exploring the Universe: Imagining Life

NISE Network product
Description: 

“Exploring the Universe: Imagining Life” is a hands-on activity in which visitors imagine and draw an extreme environment beyond Earth, then invent a living thing that could thrive in it. They learn that NASA scientists study extremophiles on Earth to imagine the variety of life that might exist elsewhere, and make predictions about where to look for it.

Audience: 

Objectives

Big Idea: 
NASA scientists study extremophiles on Earth to imagine the variety of life that might exist elsewhere, and make predictions about where to look for it.
Learning Goals: 
  • If life exists elsewhere in the universe, it could look very different from life on Earth.
  • Life on Earth comes in an amazing variety of forms.
  • Astrobiologists use our knowledge about life on Earth to make predictions about what life might be like elsewhere in the universe.

Credits

Funding: 
This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Owning institution: 
The Science Museum of Minnesota
Permissions: 

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Development Process: 

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