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In this step, it is important to share your conclusions about your research. As you do this, be sure to summarize important and supporting evidence.

As part of this step, you should also think about what this all means -- the bigger picture -- to consider the potential implications for this research investigation.
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1. STATE YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION. WHAT DO YOU CONCLUDE IS THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION. PROVIDE SUPPORTING EVIDENCE.

What do the characteristics of craters reveal about the geologic history of planetary worlds?

As you answer this question (on your Team Wiki, for example) be sure to provide a summary of supporting evidence.


2. STATE YOUR HYPOTHESIS. WAS YOUR HYPOTHESIS SUPPORTED OR REFUTED? SUMMARIZE IMPORTANT EVIDENCE.

After conducting our research below we have indicated whether our original hypothesis statements were supported or refuted....be sure to include a brief summary of important information & include a hypothesis revision to show your new understanding.
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As you restate your hypothesis (on your own Team Wiki, for example) and decide whether it is supported or refuted, be sure to provide a summary of supporting evidence.



WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

In addition to looking at the geologic history of planetary worlds using the characteristics of craters, as mentioned earlier, an important part of any research investigation is to think about the bigger picture. The research you have conducted provides you with useful information related to one of the most dominant processes within our Solar System – the impact process. What are the potential implications of this research? Why is it important? What does it all mean? Your research should allow you to address aspects related to the “bigger picture”. You should be able to 1) reflect on and better understand the history of our Solar System, 2) make predictions about potential future impacts, and 3) consider future robotic or even human exploration of other worlds.

Based on your investigation, discuss the answers to the following questions. Make additional observations as necessary:
  1. Which are older: large complex craters or small simple craters? What does that tell you about the size of materials that may be have impacted planetary worlds early in the history of the Solar System versus the size of materials that have more recently impact surfaces? What does this tell you about how our Solar System has changed over time? Explain your answer.

  2. If the Earth or other planetary worlds were impacted by an object in the future, do you think this object would likely be
    relatively large or small? Explain your answer.


  3. NASA plans to send astronauts to visit another planetary world in the future to help us better understand our Solar System. If you had the opportunity to choose which planetary world to visit, which would you choose and why?


OTHER VALUABLE INFORMATION:
A. LIST NEWLY SPARKED RESEARCH QUESTION(S):
Do you now have a new question you are curious about? List at least 1 on your Team Wiki.


B. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:
Is there someone you would like to acknowledge that helped you complete your research? List those people on your Team Wiki.


C. REFLECTION OF RESEARCH:
Is there anything you would change to improve this research if you were to do it again? Explain this on your Team Wiki.