Space Internet Hunt
Directions: Use the colored links provided to find the answers to the questions. If the link is not working,
use your Internet researching skills to develop an answer.

1. May 5th 2002 an incredible event occurred in the sky involving three planets.
Which planets were involved?


What occurred?


 2. What is an asteroid?


How is an asteroid different that a planet?


3. Write three facts about the Sun





4. What is the solar cycle?





5. May 5th is the anniversary of Alan Shepard being the first American in space.

How many years ago did this happen?



6. In 1976 the Viking 1 spacecraft took a picture of Mars. People saw something that looked like a giant face.
What is it really?




7. Watch the Moon 101 video at National Geographic.
How does the Moon influence the earth?



8. Challenge question: The earth rotates (turns) on its axis. Does Earth's moon rotate on an axis?
Find the clues to figure out the answer in the StarChild web site.



9. Review the Comparison and Contrast Guide @ ReadWriteThink - online activity through "Evaluating".
Tip: To work your way through click the right pointing arrow after reading each page. right arrow

Compare and contrast Earth with another planet in our solar system.


10. TAI. (Think about it) John Glenn was the first American man to orbit the earth.
Where did he land when he returned from space?


Why do you think he had to land there?


Do astronauts still land this way?


Identify another thing that has changed in the United States space program.


11. What are FLATS?



12. Our solar system is part of a group of stars called the



The Milky Way is an example of a


True or false all galaxies are the same.

13. NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. Summarize the text about today's picture.



14. Solve the Assuming There is no Traffic problem.



15. Every full moon is not the same. Explain


16. What is the debate about the number of planets in our solar system?


What do you think?

Journey further with The Pluto Files on PBS

17. How does space weather impact people on earth?


Do some research.

You have been asked to give a brief talk about planetary contradictions. Identify some facts
about planets that are surpising or contradict what you thought would be true.
Hint: Check out the temperatures of the planets. What is surprising?


Extra: MathMastery - Is your Moon Bigger? - experience the lunar mission WOW! Recreating the history Apollo 11 lunar mission. You can view photographs and videos from the archives, follow the entire event minute by minute on three separate twitter feeds, and browse thousands of pages of declassified mission documents. The web at its best

"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." ~ Neil Armstrong gold star

Done already? Good for you!

Take a virtual Tour of the Solar System

gold star Explore the Solar System - Venn Diagram activity

gold star Make a Space Events Calendar for next month. Gather facts about at least 10 events that can be seen in the sky next month. Use the Make a Calendar feature/template, of your word processing software, to enter the events in the dates on the calendar. Word | iWork
Or use to print the calendar and write in the info. | Enter the cloud - Use Google's free Calendar

gold star Do a Frayer Model (or 2) on a heavenly body - Space Frayer Model.doc | Space Frayer Model pdf

gold star One Small Step web site - The history of man's race to the moon. Extraordinary site! | Where are all the Little Green Men?

gold star A Matter of Scale

gold star Check out the Hubble telescope's web site for more views of space

gold star Eye on Infinity @ NGS

gold star Sagan - Reflect on this mote of dust essay

gold star Adventures of the Argonauts

gold star Blast off with the Franklin Institute Space resources

gold star Explore the CosmicQuest -Living in Space activity

gold star Exploring our solar system | gold star Astronomy

gold star When can you see a satellite pass over your town? Use the Select your location. Answer the location questions.

gold star Dive into Back Holes | gold star Check out the BBC's online - solar system jigsaw. Try Planet level first.

gold star The Future Channels integrating math science and career exploration

gold star Mysteries of Deep Space | gold starExplore a science subject at Science Close Up gr 1-6

gold star Eyes on the Sky and Feet on the Ground | gold star Space Junkyard video

gold star By Way of the Moon web quest | gold starWorldWide Telescope - free downloadable software spans astronomy, education and computing

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Tech Tip: Working in a group or in two different places like the library & home? You do not have to be physically together to work together.
gold starWatch Google Docs video TAI - How could you use free, Google Docs to do a project? How would this facilitate group projects?

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