Overview: Tales of… The hunt for KBOs

Overview
of "Tales of … Finding potential Kuiper Belt targets for New Horizons Pluto mission"
Description:
Tales of … Finding potential Kuiper Belt targets for New Horizons Pluto mission explains how scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to hunt for objects in the Kuiper Belt that NASA's New Horizons probe could "visit" following its encounter with Pluto. The New Horizons scientists will use the Hubble observations to propose an extended mission of the spacecraft, which they hope will provide additional science about the Kuiper Belt.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly Web page
Grades: 7-9, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Tales of … Finding potential Kuiper Belt targets for New Horizons Pluto mission as:

A content reading selection. Teachers should discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary prior to having students read this selection.

An engagement activity. Have students read the selection. Ask them to describe the Kuiper Belt and explain why we are interested in this region.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "What is in the Kuiper Belt, and why do scientists care?" Have students read the selection and write down as many questions as they can about the information in the text.

A source of information. Students can describe the Kuiper Belt and why we are interested in knowing more about it.

Related materials

HubbleSite press release:
"NASA's Hubble Telescope Finds Potential Kuiper Belt Targets for New Horizons Pluto Mission"
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2014/47/full/

The Star Witness news:
"New Horizons: A Pluto-bound Spacecraft Gets a Boost From Jupiter"
http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/news/archive/2007/01/

See the Solar system page in the "Teaching tools" section of Amazing Space.



Overview: Tales of… The hunt for KBOs