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This unit builds on students’ curiosity about space and their place in the universe and develops their observational skills in situations other than the laboratory. Students will explore the universe and study applications of space science to understand better how scientists investigate the universe and how the resulting technologies affect their lives. Skills of inquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration and communication are developed. Current space work, such as the construction of the new international space station, is stressed. As a culminating activity, the students will develop a proposal for a Space Mission.