"Exploring the Solar System: Craters" is an active, hands-on activity that demonstrates how craters form, and what they can teach us about the history and composition of planets and moons. By dropping objects of various sizes and shapes into a tub full of sand and other materials, participants simulate the formation of a meteorite crater, and then study the craters using special tools. Scientists use similar methods to study the geological processes on other planets, moons, and asteroids.
• Studying the surface of a planet or moon can reveal its history and composition.
• Impact craters form when a meteorite collides with the surface of a moon or planet (or other body in space).
• Scientists use tools to find and observe craters and learn more about the geologic processes on planets, moons, asteroids, and other worlds.
This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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