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MESSENGER For Teachers

Welcome teachers! In this section you will find a variety of resources for your classroom and professional development opportunities. Please select one of links to take you to your destination of interest.

Earth and Mercury size comparison
The MESSENGER Education Modules contain standards-based educational materials and lesson plans currently being developed by the MESSENGER team. These Modules are built around the three themes of the MESSENGER mission: The Scientific Process, Comparative Planetology, and The Solar System Through History. The Staying Cool and Voyage modules are ready for download now, and check back for more modules to download soon...
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If you are interested in finding quality online resources about astronomy and space sciences, be sure to check out Websites of Interest. On these webpages you will find activities and lesson plans that are related to either the MESSENGER mission or other NASA Projects.
Schoolbuses
Take a "virtual" journey to the planet Mercury as you watch the Virtual Movies of the MESSENGER spacecraft from take-off to its flyby of the planet. If you want to "investigate" the planet Mercury make sure to check out the Virtual Animations. Coming soon: Take a virtual fieldtrip to a space museum.
Student  and teacher in the lab

The MESSENGER mission has vast opportunities for both professional development and education outreach. One such opportunity is the MESSENGER Education Fellow Program. Or if you can not find the information that you are looking for on these pages, check out the sites Frequently Asked Questions for teachers or Ask a Scientists or Science Educator.

What will MESSENGER measure, and why? Learn about the Mercury Laser Altimeter instrument on board!

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