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Exploring the Solar System with Antarctic Meteorites

In this video, Smithsonian geologist Dr. Cari Corrigan explains what meteorites found in Antarctica reveal about the early solar system.


Meet Dr. Cari Corrigan, geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Have you ever considered what meteorites reveal about our early solar system? A meteorite is a piece of rock that has come from far away in space and time. Cari analyzes meteorites that have landed in Antarctica to find evidence of the history of planets. See how the structure and composition of each meteorite is interpreted using modern laboratory techniques. Take a journey with Cari to Mars and back to get a new perspective on a planet that once had water like Earth. This show aired June 9, 2016.



National Middle School Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Earth Science


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


Matter and Its Interactions
  • MS-PS1-1Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.


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.

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