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ROAD on Icy Worlds: Unit 1 Lesson 4 – High School

Remote Sensing – High School

Lesson Level Question: How do we learn about an object in the solar system from a distance, without being able to land on it or retrieve samples?

Lesson Summary: In this high school lesson, students will build smartphone spectroscopes and use them to image the spectra from a variety of sources. These spectra can be analyzed using a Jupyter notebook, a free web tool for programming, and using Python code. Students will connect what they have learned to NASA science by reading about how spectra of the surfaces and atmospheres of the bodies in our solar system are indicative of composition and temperature.

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