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Space: Asteroids Discuss this eTheme.

Learn about bodies in the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt. Learn about the history of their discoveries, their composition, and orbits. Find out what materials can be mined in the future on asteroids’ surfaces. These sites contain photographs, diagrams, coloring pages, a movie, and worksheet.

Grades

  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8

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Find out where asteroids are coming from. Learn about their composition, sizes and origin. Scroll down the page to take a quiz, solve a puzzle, and color a page.
Here you will find brief, easy-to-read facts about asteroids. The page also has good illustrations.
Learn here what the word asteroid means and about Bode's Law that led to discovery of the asteroid belt.
Read about asteroids and use the link "Table of Asteroids" to view a chart comparing many of the asteroids.
Read about asteroids and comets. Learn if they present a danger to Earth. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Build a paper model of NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft whose mission is to collect information about asteroids. This is a color illustrated, three-page PDF file.
Find answers to questions about asteroids and read about the largest ones. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Click on the "Watch Video" icon and view a movie about asteroids in the Asteroid Belt. NOTE: The "Talk" link leads to message boards.
Print out this PDF one-page worksheet and answer its questions.
Read about missions to asteroids. Click on the icon to learn more about a particular mission.
Find out what the Kuiper Belt is. Why is Pluto considered a KBO? NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can learn about the icy bodies in the Kuiper Belt.

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