Icy Worlds Unit 3: Astrobiology

Lessons in this unit address the question,

“How can what we know about life on Earth guide us to other places in the solar system where life may exist now or may have existed in the past?”

Lesson Guiding Questions:

  • Lesson 1: How do the four major planetary systems (atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere) influence and control each other here on Earth?
  • Lesson 2: What can we learn from extreme environments on Earth to plan where and how to look for life on other planetary bodies?
  • Lesson 3: How can we test the limits of hardy life forms?

Each lesson is offered at the middle and high school levels! Click on the lessons to the right for more details.