Semester Lab: Lost In Space

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Name: Date: Semester Lab: Lost in Space – Checkpoint #2 Worksheet Scientists find an unknown sample in a NASA lab that has been misplaced. They want to identify the sample, place it back into the NASA collection, and match it with the correct mission. Day 1 A) Space Missions Clue: Scientists believe the unknown sample was collected from one of the past space missions below. They want you to research these NASA missions to discover the objectives each mission. (5 points) Note: Go to and check the planet missions that you want to research. You can type a mission name from the data table below in the Search Filter to see the details of the mission, for example, “Magellan”. Feel free to explore other…show more content…
Apollo 12 | Launch November 14, 1969, splash down November 24 | Moon (Not a Planet obviously) | (1 point) | 3. Phoenix | Launch: August 04, 2007Landing: November 1, 2008 | Mars | Mars surface dirt and rock samples. (1 point) | 4. Messenger | | Mercury | (1 point) | 5. Magellan | Mission start: May 04, 1989Mission End: October 12,1994 | Venus | Made first global map of the surface of Venus. (1 point) | 6. You discover from your research that only one of the missions listed above returned samples to Earth. Which mission brought samples back to Earth? (2 points) Mars. B) Cosmic Origin of the Element CLUE: The substance collected has properties indicating that it contains a few different elements. The elements in your sample were formed in a supernova and released into space when the star exploded. Small stars and cosmic rays are not hot enough to form them. Look at the chart below to see which elements are typically formed in supernova and which ones are not. 7. What is a supernova? (1 point) A supernova is the explosion of a star of big volume and mass also known as the death of a star. a. Fluorine | f. Manganese | b. Potassium | g. Iron | c. Titanium | h. Nickel | d. Vanadium | I. Zinc | e. chromium |

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