You Just Discovered a New Planet


You’re part of a team of astronauts that has traveled to a distant solar system. You just discovered a planet that looks as if it might contain life. What do you notice about the planet? How big is it? What is the temperature range? How far away is it from the nearest star? What kind of atmosphere does it have? What is the atmospheric pressure? What are the different climates on this planet? What kind of life might it have? Does it have a strong magnetic field? How strong is its gravity? What are the dangers you have to prepare for?

In what ways is this planet similar to Earth? In what ways is it different?

First describe this planet and then develop a plan for exploring it. Describe what tools you will use and what steps you will take as you begin to study the new terrain.

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