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Scale Solar System Orbits—And Satellites!

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards

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In this activity, you’ll learn how to make scale drawings of solar system orbits, learn about a team of women engineers who launched a satellite mission to orbit Mars, and then plot your own path to another planet. You will define a scale for your orbit drawings and will have worksheets and animations to help you in your calculations.

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Standards

Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities.
Decide whether two quantities are in a proportional relationship, e.g., by testing for equivalent ratios in a table or graphing on a coordinate plane and observing whether the graph is a straight line through the origin.
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
Analyze and interpret data to determine scale properties of objects in the solar system.
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.

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