activity students explore the idea of life beyond Earth.
They examine the nature of and the differences between
pseudoscience and scientific evidence.
To do this,
they consider two reports regarding the possibility
of life on Mars from two very different sources–a tabloid
article and an on-line news article. The discovery of extraterrestrial
life would undoubtedly be considered one of the most significant
events of all time.
and those who sensationalize events, are often less than
accurate in their reports of evidence for life on other worlds.
Extensive evidence would be needed to support any such claim.
What is acceptable proof? What is the responsibility of the
media when they report on our search for life? More important,
how should we go about interpreting what is reported?