Many of the
substances found on the Earth are also found on other
planets as well as in or on moons, comets, asteroids, meteors and
stars, Some of these substances have even been found in interstellar
space. Helium was originally discovered as being one of the elements
making up our Sun before helium deposits were located on the Earth.
Different types of
telescopes have now been joined by probes and
rovers, like Pathfinder and Spirit on Mars, in the search for
Value: Up to
10 extra credit points added to the assignment
of your choice. This extra credit project may be repeated twice a six
weeks for a total of 20 extra credit points possible for each six week
4th Six Weeks 4:45 PM on Tuesday, February 07,
5th Six Weeks 4:45
PM on Tuesday, April 04, 2006
6th Six Weeks 4:45
PM on Tuesday, May 16, 2006
- Read in the
newspaper or on the Internet or listen to the news
about substances found in places other than on the Earth such as in
comets, in the Sun, or on a planet like Mars or Jupiter. A list of
molecules found in interstellar space up through 1991 is also available
in the April 1992 article "Interstellar Molecules' by Gerrit L.
Verschuur in Sky and Telescope.
- Choose a
substance to research. The substance may be an element,
a compound, a mixture, or even an ion.
- Research the
- How the specific substance was originally found other than on
the Earth? What do scientists currently use to find (detect) the
- How the specific substance may be formed somewhere other than
on the Earth?
- Why the extraterrestrial substance is important?
- What is the formula and structure of the substance?
- Where has the substance been found other than on the Earth?
- Report on your
- Making a 4 to 7 slide power point presentation or
- Writing a 2 to 4 page double spaced typed report.
- Provide at least
2 references. If properly documented, Internet
sites count as references.
following information WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN ASSIGNING
EXTRA CREDIT POINTS to each power point presentation or report.
- How the
substance was originally detected on the Earth.
- How the
substance is produced on Earth.
and uses of the substance on Earth.
Internet Sites for Information on
(NASA Ames Research Center)
(Use the "Special Reports" or search function. Warning: The search
function will pull up everything about a topic including references to
television and/or movie science fiction.)
(NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab at Cal Tech)
(NASA Johnson Space Center)
© Sally A. Urquhart, 2004