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Exploring the Solar System: Pocket Solar System

In this activity, learners make a scale model of the distances between objects in our solar system.

DESCRIPTION

"Exploring the Solar System: Pocket Solar System" is a hands-on activity in which visitors make a scale model of the distances between objects in our solar system. They learn that there is a lot of space between planets, and that our solar neighborhood contains many other interesting features and objects. They can even imagine where they might like to send a NASA mission spacecraft in the future!

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DESCRIPTION

"Exploring the Solar System: Pocket Solar System" is a hands-on activity in which visitors make a scale model of the distances between objects in our solar system. They learn that there is a lot of space between planets, and that our solar neighborhood contains many other interesting features and objects. They can even imagine where they might like to send a NASA mission spacecraft in the future!

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OBJECTIVES

BIG IDEA

Our solar system is vast, and there are great distances between the planets.

LEARNING GOALS

  • There’s a lot of empty space in our solar system—distances between planets are vast!

  • The solar system is made up of eight planets and many other objects orbiting the Sun.

  • NASA’s science missions are exploring our solar system, and beyond.

Credits

YEAR CREATED
2017
OWNING INSTITUTION

The Science Museum of Minnesota

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).

PERMISSIONS

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
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