Seeking Pluto's Frigid Heart

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Resource Type:Teaching Media; Videos or Animations
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K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); New York Times
Publication Date:2016
Summary:In 2015, humanity's best images of Pluto were a few fuzzy pixels wide. Pluto was obscured by its vast distance and diminutive size. But no longer. On July 14, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft zipped past Pluto and its moons, scanning the dwarf planet in unprecedented detail. Using data from that distant flyby, The New York Times worked with the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Universities Space Research Association to build a detailed virtual world. Watch New Horizons glide through space at a million miles a day. Fly over Pluto’s rugged surface and smooth heart-shaped plains. Stand on icy mountains as the moon Charon looms on the horizon. Touch down in a frost-rimmed crater, billions of years old. Out there in the void, an icy world awaits.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-ESS1-2; MS-ESS1-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Scale, proportion, and quantity; Systems and system models
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; astronomy; elementary school; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; middle school; nasa; planet; pluto; space
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