***Please ensure that you have the ability to take screenshots of images as well as access to the links provided in the instructions before accepting the assignment. ***
Your “Explorer’s Journal”
Refer to the Instructions (In attachments) for more-complete descriptions of all of the required items for your “journal.”
Your file submission in this assignment must be a single PDF file — a document containing a series of 4 images, each with accompanying written sections as follows:
Modeled on a real extrasolar planet, selected from the NASA’s Eyes catalog.
You should use the NASA’s Eyes catalog (available for free in your browser at this link : https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/eyes-on-exoplanets/#/ to find a real extrasolar planet, according to the instructions. Then enter the properties of this planet and its star into our “World Builder” tool online at this link: https://www.personal.psu.edu/jds255/teaching/World-Builder/index.html and hit the “Explore” button.
Take a screenshot of this world in the program and insert it into your “Explorer’s Journal” document, labeled “Image 1.”
Writing to accompany Image 1
Based on the real planet from NASA’s Eyes — entered along with Image 1 in the same single file. You should include:
An artistically-appealing planet — which need not be realistic
Use the World Builder again to create a different, fully customized, planet that you consider artistically appealing and interesting (by considering colors, surface features, rings, moons, positioning of star in sky, etc.).
Take a screenshot from an appealing vantage point and insert it into your “Explorer’s Journal” document, labeled “Image 2.”
Written Statement for Image 2
Address all of the following in a statement of at least 150 words:
The possibly-habitable or habitable planet on which your imagined life form lives
Use the World Builder to make a planet that is either habitable, or that you imagine could be home to some unusual life form. Use your imagination, supported by the background reading you did for this project. (See attachments for background reading)
Take a screenshot while exploring your habitable world in the World Builder, and insert it into your “Explorer’s Journal” document, labeling it “Image 3.”
Written Statement for Image 3
This should be at least 150 words for full credit. It should describe the planet & star, and general appearance in the Explore mode. It should also address both of the following questions:
Your original work of art!
Use a computer design tool to create an extraterrestrial life form that lives on the planet in Image 3.
Use your imagination, but also think about the many ideas in the background readings. Your creature must not be copied from one you saw in the readings; it must be your own original creation. There need not be a scene behind or around your creature; it can be just by itself, but there can be scenery if you wish.
Include your digital image in the same Explorer’s Journal document, labeled “Image 4.”
Written Statement for Image 4
This statement must be at least 200 words in length overall, and must address all of the following: