Module Introduction

“How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when clearly it is Ocean…”

Arthur C. Clark, 1917-2008

This module presents the Rocky Planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, and their moons. We will examine characteristics of each Rocky Planet, both similar and dissimilar characteristics.

Objectives

Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of Rocky Planets
  • Define craters and cratering
  • Identify the primary characteristics of each rocky planet
  • Identify the similar characteristics of each rocky planet
  • Describe a circumstellar habitable zone
  • Discuss the characteristics of the Moon, Deimos, and Phobos