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Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
New Horizons: Student Dust Counter


The Pluto system

Pluto as seen from the New Horizons spacecraft on October 6, 2007

A Dusty Dilemma

Lesson Description: Students will be introduced to the concepts of error analysis, including standard deviation. They will apply the knowledge to two sets of data from SDC.

Teacher's Guide | Student Handout

Speaking Volumes About Dust

Lesson Description: Students will investigate density as an introduction to the SDC on the New Horizons mission. They will explore the SDC website and use mission data in the Data Viewer to answer questions concerning the distribution of dust in the solar system.

Teacher's Guide | Student Handout

The White Glove Test

Lesson Description: In this lesson, students explore the SDC Data Viewer to establish any trends in the distribution of dust in the Solar System. Students record the number of dust particles, or hits, recorded by the instrument and the average mass of the particles in a given region.

Teacher's Guide | Student Handout