Mars for Earthlings > Lesson Modules > Extremophiles


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This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to extremophiles, their habitats, and the potential to find habitable environments on Mars.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

Context for Use

This learning module is meant for adaptation in an introductory earth science course and/or planetary science course.

Description and Teaching Materials

Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework

In-Class Activity


Teaching Notes and Tips


Each In-Class Activity and Homework has its own measure of Assessment.

References and Resources

  1. Image File: Extremophiles (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.9MB Oct23 12)
  2. Gale Crater Habitability via Curiosity:
  3. Tardigrades video from SciShow on YouTube:
  4. Lesson 19: Brine Shrimp Video (mp4) (MP4 Video 6MB Oct31 12)