Science - 2017-18

ES.3 d - Space Exploration

The student will investigate and understand the characteristics of Earth and the solar system. Key concepts include
d) the history and contributions of space exploration.

Bloom's Levels:  Analyze; Understand

Adopted: 2010


  • The Earth exists in the solar system, in the Milky Way galaxy, and in the universe, which contains many billions of galaxies.

  • I can explain how space exploration makes cell phone use possible


  • Much of our knowledge about the solar system is a result of space exploration efforts. These efforts continue to improve our understanding of the solar system. 


In order to meet this standard, it is expected that students will

d) compare the various types of evidence obtained from the Apollo moon landings and other lunar exploration and how this is used to inform thinking about the moon.

     analyze how the role of technology (Galileo’s telescope, Hubble telescope, planetary orbiters, landers/rovers) has contributed to social and scientific change and enlightenment.

     create a timeline of key events in space exploration. 


aphelion, autumnal equinox, axis, collision theory, eclipse, ellipse, lunar eclipse, moon phases, orbit, penumbra, perihelion, revolution, rotation, seasons, solar eclipse, summer solstice, umbra, vernal equinox, waning, waxing, winter solstice, Apollo 11, asteroids, chromosphere, coma, comets, Copernicus, corona, dust tail, Galileo, Great Red Spot, Hubble space telescope, Kepler, meteor, meteorite, meteoroidi, nebula theory, nebula, nucleus, Olympus Mons, Oort Cloud, photosphere, planetesimals, Ptolemy, runaway greenhouse effect, solar flares, solar prominences, solar system, solar, space race, sun, sun spots, terrestrial, Valles Marineris

Updated: Nov 28, 2017