Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Pikes Peak Pebble Pups

Monday, May 6, 2013

CSMS Pebble Pup Earns Earth in Space Merit Badge


Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society Pebble Pup

Earth in Space Merit Badge 

May 2013

Activity 11.1: Modeling the solar system.

Each ball represents a planet in our solar system.  From left to right the planets are:
Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Earth, Venus, Mercury.

Activity 11.2: Learning about visitors from space.

Meteorite: A solid piece of space debris from asteroids or comets.  Known as “shooting stars” some burn up in the earth’s atmosphere and some reach earth’s surface.

Tektite:  A small rock produced by the impact of meteorites on the earth’s surface.  They are similar to obsidian.

Asteroid: Are solar system bodies or dwarf planets that orbit the sun. They do not show characteristics of a planet or a comet.

Comet:  Is an icy small Solar System body.  When close to the sun, they display a fuzzy atmosphere and sometimes a tail.

Comet:  The Pebble Pups Mascot Dog.

Activity 11.4: Collecting meteorites and tektites.


I obtained this Tektite from Mr. Steve
at one of our CSMS Pebble Pups meetings,


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Through this blog pebble pups and junior members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society can access their lessons, work on assignments and projects, and receive details about field trips in the Pikes Peak Region. This Internet program is also suitable for young people who are interested in Earth science but do not live near a rock club or gem and mineral society or for young people anywhere who want a deeper dive into these topics. The only requirement is that all participants must be members of the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society and must fill out the CSMS membership form (under important websites) and send their registration and membership fee in. Steven Veatch is the senior instructor and will need an email from you with your name, address, phone number, and permission from your parents to participate in this program.