Science | Grade 9-12 | Week of March 23

Programming Highlights

This week, we learn about what lies beyond by going into space and exploring the different planets. In “Nova: The Planets – Jupiter,” we discover how the planet’s massive gravitational force made it a wrecking ball when it barreled through the early solar system. But it also shaped life on Earth, delivering comets laden with water and perhaps even the fateful asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, depicted above Mars. | Wikimedia Commons/NASA/JPL/Corby Waste
Artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, depicted above Mars. | Wikimedia Commons/NASA/JPL/Corby Waste

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Follow scientists as they analyze the oldest rocks in the solar system to determine what triggered the birth of the solar system.

The Origin of the Elements
Are we made of stars? Scientists study light emissions from supernovas, which can give us clues on elements found on Earth and throughout the universe.


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