Characteristics of Life and the Search for Life on Mars
Review your notes about the characteristics of life. In a proper paragraph describe the characteristics a living thing must possess. Include one picture that pertains to the characteristics of life. The 8 characteristics of life are listed below.
  1. Made of cells
  2. Need materials
  3. Homeostatic
  4. Respond to stimuli
  5. Reproduce
  6. Grow
  7. Adapted
  8. Respiration

Next, spend some time researching how we can detect life on other planets. Write a proper paragraph on the scientific methods you could use to discover life on another plant. Include one picture that pertains to finding life on another planet. Below are three links to help you write this paragraph.
Encyclopedia Britannica website: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/366330/Mars/54250/The-question-of-life-on-Mars
An interesting National Geographic article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/04/120413-nasa-viking-program-mars-life-space-science/
Link to the NOVA video: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/is-there-life-on-mars.html

Your final Wiki entry should contain:
  • A title describing the contents of the entry
  • 1 paragraph summary of the characteristics of life
  • 1 reasonable-sized picture related to the characteristics of life
  • 1 paragraph summary of how life can be detected on other planets
  • 1 reasonable-sized picture related to detecting life on other planets
  • Correct spelling & grammar

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