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Mars One


During your excursion to the Victorian Space Centre you will be a part of the MARS EXPERIENCE. You will communicate with Mars from Mission Control.

Before you head off on your excursion you need to do some research into MARS.


SLIDE 1 – Add an image of MARS


(On your Keynote screen capture each poster showing the different jobs you may apply for on the Mars Mission). Once you have selected a job write a brief job description of your role.

SLIDE 3 – Follow the Mars Rover- screen capture an image showing as many components as possible- label them

SLIDE 4- 10 Facts about Mars


Screen capture your postcard for your Keynote

SLIDE 6- PACK YOUR BACKPACK- what personal items would you take with you – remembering you will not  be returning!!!!!

SLIDE 7- You will be a part of a team of 4. Make a list of the scientists needed on Mars. Which ‘ists’ will you take with you?   E.G. biologist – study……

SLIDE 8- Compare Mars with other planets- screen capture each comparison.

SLIDE 9 – Mars Rovers –

Using the information from the link above write a paragraph about each rover and it’s specialty.

SLIDE 10 – Final Slide – What other information do you believe you need to include? Weather? Atmosphere? Distance from other planets? Date discovered? Any other important information?

SLIDE 11 – Write a reflection of your experience on our recent excursion to the VSSEC. What did you enjoy? Write about each task that you did to explain it to someone who hasn’t been there.

The link below answers many questions about the MARS ONE PROJECT



BTN (Behind The News) – Space Effects

Click on the link below to view the BtN film ‘Space Effects’.

Answer the following questions neatly and carefully using full sentences in your Language books.

1.What was the main point of the Space Effects story?
2.How long was Scott Kelly in space?
3.Where did he live while he was in space?
4.What interesting things did Scott take into space?
5.How much taller was Scott when he returned from space? Why
was he taller?
6.Why do astronauts lose bone and muscle mass in space?
7.What do they do to strengthen bones and muscles while they
are in space?
8.Would you like to spend a year in space? Why or why not?
When you have answered the questions above then you can watch these BTN Space clips.
Find out more about Scott Kelly-click on the link below.
So how do you keep yourself busy in space?

BTN (Behind The News) – Moon Landing

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Moon Landing’. Once you have watched the clip you need to answer the following comprehension questions in your language book.

  1. How many people watched the moon landing on television?
  2. What do you think is meant by the statement “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”?
  3. What promise did US President John F. Kennedy make?
  4. Why was going to the moon more complicated than going into orbit?
  5. What role did Australia play in the mission?
  6. Why is the United States planning to send people back to the moon?
  7. Do you think it is money well spent? Explain your answer.
  8. Why do you think the moon landing will be remembered as one of the biggest achievements of all time?

NASA Sun Announcement Activity

Read the story and answer these questions in your language book.

i. Where is the Parker Solar Probe traveling to?

ii. Why has it taken so long to send this mission?

iii. How close to the sun will the probe travel?

iv. How hot will it get?

v. What will protect the probe?

vi. What do the scientists want to learn from the mission?

Literacy Task: Jupiter

View each of the images, below, displaying information about ‘Orbits’. Read all of the information and answer the following comprehension questions.

Complete the following comprehension questions into your Language books.

  1. Why do you think no humans have visited Jupiter?
  2. Why do you think the Galilean moons were the first to be discovered?
  3. True or False – Jupiter, like Saturn, also has rings? Give an explanation for your answer.
  4. Which two gases make up Jupiter? As a result of these two gases, what is Jupiter called?
  5. Explain why you believe that Jupiter is colder than Earth.

Literacy Task – The Planets

View each of the images, below, displaying information about ‘The Planets’. Read all of the information and answer the following comprehension questions.

Questions: (To be completed in your Language Books)

  1. Why do you think Uranus and Neptune were the last planets to be discovered?
  2. Using the written and visual information on these cards and your own knowledge, write a brief definition of what a planet is.
  3. There are currently 8 planets in our solar system, but there used to be 9! What happened to Pluto?
  4. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, but Venus is the hottest planet in our solar system. Why do you think this is the case?
  5. For each of the 8 planets in our solar system write one or two facts about it.


BTN (Behind The News) – Visiting Pluto

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Visiting Pluto’. Once you’ve viewed the story you need to answer the following comprehension questions in your language book.

  1. What is the name of the spacecraft that took photos of Pluto?
  2. Pluto was first discovered in…
  3. What do scientists know about Pluto?
  4. Why is it called a dwarf planet?
  5. When was the spacecraft launched?
  6. What interesting things are on board the spacecraft?
  7. New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft NASA has ever built. True or false?
  8. Write a question you would like to know the answer to about Pluto.

Literacy: Glossary Task

A glossary is an alphabetical list of terms about a particular topic that also provides the definitions for those terms. Traditionally, a glossary appears at the end of a book and includes terms within that book that are either newly introduced or uncommon.

Using these words, related to our Science unit, create your own glossary in your Language book.

planet, moon, star, orbit, energy, movement, space, solar, atmosphere, axis, scale, environment

Remember that our glossary definitions need to relate to our Science inquiry unit!

BTN (Behind The News) – Understanding Space

Click on the link above and view the BtN story ‘Understanding Space’. Once you’ve watched the story you need to complete the following comprehension questions in your language book.

  1. What is the BTN story investigating?
  2. How many planets are there in our solar system?
  3. Our solar system is just one of more than ________solar systems in the Milky Way.
  4. Finish the following sentence: The Milky Way is just one of hundreds of billions of…
  5. Where does Martin work?
  6. How does Martin explain the centre of the universe?
  7. How is space like the surface of a balloon?
  8. What was surprising about this story?
  9. Name three things you learnt watching this story.

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