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  Space exploration debate
Updated 13 September 2004, 17.40
Genesis space capsule

Citizenship 11-14/KS3/Levels E&F
Science and ethics

Overview

    Debate the issues surrounding the exploration of space.
Learning aims
  • Potential benefits and costs of space missions.

  • Issues of spending money on space exploration.
Teaching ideas 1. Ice breaker
    Read out some of the comments submitted by readers of the Newsround website.

    How far do the group agree with these? Get them to vote on, or rank some comments.


2. Main activity 3. Plenary
    Recap on the main teaching points and the chair announces the outcome of the vote.
4. Teachers' Background
  • The United States will send astronauts back to the Moon to prepare for exploration further afield, President George W Bush has announced.

  • He said astronauts will be back on the Moon by 2020, and will establish a lunar base to prepare for human exploration of Mars.

  • The US space agency will get an extra $1bn over five years and the US says the "affordable" programme, including plans to replace the space shuttle, will benefit all Americans.

For all links and resources click at top right.


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Mars Rover video clipMars Rover video clip
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Our space guide
TeachersSpace exploration: Proposer's points
TeachersSpace exploration: Opposer's points
Sci/TechUS rover starts exploring Mars
PicturesPix: Spirit rover on Mars
Find OutHow to hold a debate
QuizMars quiz

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