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Journal Entry #8, Semester 2 – What Time is it on Mars?

Due on Friday, May 5, 2017 by 11:59 p.m.


Your responses: 

1. should be at minimum 250 words total (more is OK and it's graded on thoughtfulness),

2. should be complete

3. must be turned in using Google Classroom

You should pay attention to grammar and punctuation and may be graded on these.


Listen to the following podcast:

TedTalk: What Time is it on Mars?

You may do this is one of two ways: by either downloading the podcast on your smart phone or listening to it through the internet at the following website.

 (The episode is 13 minutes 47 seconds long.)

This podcast (radio program) talks about the adjustments people on Earth had to make when they were working with the Mars rovers.  Here is the blurb about the program.


Nagin Cox is a first-generation Martian. As a spacecraft engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cox works on the team that manages the United States' rovers on Mars. But working a 9-to-5 on another planet — whose day is 40 minutes longer than Earth's — has particular, often comical challenges.


Listen to the entire podcast and then write a reflection for your assignment.  Tell me about what you found interesting in the program.  How do you think the timing difference would impact your life if you lived on Mars or worked on a Mars schedule?

Astronomy Research Paper

Astronomy Research Symposium                                            Due 4/21

The purpose of this paper is to gain experience presenting scientific content using primary sources as well as popular science articles.  Presentations should be interesting and informative for your classmates.   



4-5 slides

3-4 minutes


Possible topics


  1. Famous astronomers – how did they change astronomy?
  2. Star formation and demise – what is our evidence for this?
  3. Active Galactic Nuclei
  4. Quasars – ravenous black hole at the center of galaxies
  5. Dark matter and dark energy – what is the evidence
  6. NASA – What are some current trends
  7. Space travel – what are some current trends in aerospace technology
  8. Telescope astronomy (radio, infrared, ultraviolet etc)
  9. Chose a topic of your own








Not organized

Mostly structured

Some parts not connected

Well structured

Good flow


Unclear and confusing

Somewhat easy to understand

Informative.  Clear and easy to understand


Just reading off slides

Understands the general idea

Shows depth of thought.  Creative

Useful links - gives good overview of current research   - Primary sources.   - Publication from Fermilab on Dark Matter, Neutrinos and other topics in modern physics and astronomy

Journal: Citizen science through Zooniverse

Journal Citizen science

This journal is about a relatively new paradigm in science, often called Citizen Science.

A. First read the MNDaily article at

B. Next read the Wikipedia entry on citizen science

C. Finally, go to the Zooniverse site:
, which is a portal to many citizen science research projects.  Look through the descriptions of a few projects that interest you, then sign up for an account and spend about 30 minutes doing some data analysis for ONE (1) of the projects. Then answer the following questions:

1. Which project did you choose?

2. What did you actually DO as a part of that project?

3. What you did is a small piece of data analysis that is just one of the many types that actual scientists have to do in order to make discoveries. Did your experience reinforce your beliefs about what science research is like or was it different than what you thought it was going to be like? If different, in what way?

4. After the 30 minutes you just put in, would you continue to do some of this analysis in your spare time orare you pretty much done with your involvement in this project? Why?