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Comets and Craters Workshop

February 25, 2006 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This event-based workshop focuses on what scientists have learned about comets from the Deep Impact and Stardust Missions. You will be part of the excitement of the research and questions astronomers and geologists want to answer. From the Deep Impact images of impactor and Comet Tempel 1 collision to the particles due to crater formation, you will feel the sense of wonder that drives research and at the same time understand the many uncertainties. What does this aerogel look like? It was used to collect the particles from Comet Wild 2. You will see a sample of it.

University of Hawaii NASA Astrobiology Institute
“COMETS and CRATERS” Workshop
Feb. 25, 2006, Saturday
featuring Deep Impact Mission Scientists:
Peter Schultz, Brown Univ Geologist, Crater Specialist
An Educator with more than 20 teacher workshops experience
Uses Learning Cycle:
Exploratory Activity to arouse curiosity
Concept Development and Application
What can craters tell you about the density of the comet?
Is it a rubble pile or packed material?
What do the properties such as diameter and depth tell you?
What is the story behind the dust particles produced?
Karen J. Meech, UH Comet Astronomer

FREE Breakfast, Lunch, Posters, Materials, etc…

Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Place: University of Hawaii, POST 703
Who: Gr. 7-12 Science Teachers

8:30 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Deep Impact Overview – Karen J. Meech
10:00 Cratering Activity – Peter Schultz
11:00 Craters in Our Solar System – Pete Schultz
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Web Resources in Computer Lab – Mary Kadooka
2:00 Stardust Mission Latest – See aerogel…
3:00 Adjourn


February 25, 2006
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822 United States
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