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Lab #3. Cratering and the Lunar Surface

Students explore surface evolution on Terrestrial planets and satellites, learning about the science behind relative and absolute age-dating techniques. They conduct an experiment in creating their own impact craters, and then determine a relationship between crater size and projectile velocity based on their own data and theoretical considerations. The data analysis component is focused on relatively pristine lunar data, and then connects the results to the known cratering record for our own planet Earth.