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Unformatted text preview: Week 2: Astronomy and the Solar System We travel together, passengers on a little space ship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil; all committed for our safety to its security and peace; preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work, and, I will say, the love we give our fragile craft. –Adlai Stevenson, former Governor of Illinois Do you ever wonder if there is life on other planets? As NASA starts to explore Mars, do you think they will find evidence of former life? Earth is only one planet in the Solar System, but is unique because it supports life. In Week 2, you will learn how the Earth fits into our solar system, hypotheses/theories on the origin of the Universe, the composition of the Earth, and conditions required for life on Earth. By the end of this week, you should be able to: • Explain and assess the criteria for a planet’s ability to support life • Evaluate theories for the evolution of the Universe and explain their relationship to good science...
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- Fall '09
- Solar System