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Astrogeology - Meteorites and Spacecraft Missions

In this video, Smithsonian geologist Dr. Tim McCoy discusses what meteorites can tell us about the formation of the solar system.

Description: 

Meet Dr. Tim McCoy, geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Have you ever wondered how we study asteroids and other bodies in our solar system without sending spacecraft to all of them? Meteorites, pieces from space that hurtle to Earth, turn out to be great sources of information. Take a meteorite-filled journey with Tim McCoy to outer space and back in time to the formation of our solar system. Prepare to be amazed at how meteorites contain the very building blocks of life on Earth. This show aired June 25, 2015.

Astrogeology

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National Middle School Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Earth Science

MS-ESS1

Earth's Place in the Universe
  • MS-ESS1-2Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
  • MS-ESS1-3Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
  • MS-ESS1-4Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence from rock strata for how the geologic time scale is used to organize Earth's 4.6-billion-year-old history.
Physical Science

MS-PS2

Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
  • MS-PS2-1Apply Newton's Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
  • MS-PS2-2Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
  • MS-PS2-4Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-ESS1, MS-PS2