Planet Assessment and Commentary

I want to assess your time spent on the planet unit. I do not wish for rote memory, but more so for a demonstration that you can discern the primary differences between the planets, know why manned exploration to any of them would be exceedingly difficult, and what some of the potential discoveries remain for space satellites.

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Here are a few questions based on the data charts that accompany each planet. Assume that Pluto is a planet for this quiz, even though the IAU downgraded it in 1996.

1) Which planet has the hottest surface temperature

2) Which planet rotates without any tilt of its axis

3) Which planet is the largest in terms of mass

4) Which planet spins almost as fast as Earth

5) Which planet has the greatest temperature extremes between day and night

6) Which planet is less dense than water

7) Which planet rotates backward

8) Which planet is spinning on its side

9) Which planet has a moon closest in size to itself

10) Which planet has a moon with the coldest surface temperature in the Solar System

11) Where is there evidence of current geologic activity in the Solar System besides Earth. (If you write anything like "Jupiter" or "Saturn" in the box I will be disappointed because they are gas planets and cannot have geologic activity.

12) What was probably the most significant discovery of the Voyager missions.

13) Why did the professional astronomy community downgrade Pluto.

14) Percival Lowell's name is rather prominent among planet exploration. What were his contributions regarding Mars and Pluto.

15) What can we learn from the tail of a comet. I am looking here for what the tail tells us, not what the tail is composed of. If I tell you more, than I am giving it away. If you are desparate for a clue, then drop me an e-mail.

16) Pick two moons that you studied during the Planet Unit. Describe the physical appearance of each, and tell me what caused you to those two choices of yours.

17) Jupiter has a bunch of as-yet unnamed moons. What you would like to have one of them be named, and WHY?

18) What are the names of the two newly discovered large objects in our Solar System? Referring here to the most recently discovered new dwarf planets.

19) Voyager II is currently the most distant satellite that has been launched by mankind. Go to the Voyager website , click on "Fast Facts," and tell me how far away Voyager I is from here, and what astronomers hope that it will encounter next during its journey.

20) Of all the places in the Solar System to visit, which place do you think is the most dangerous/hazardous, and why?

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