How did our solar system come to be? Which of its characteristics led to the evolution of life? And as humans continue to explore the solar system, what are the opportunities and what are the hazards?

Thanks to the NAU’s PLANETS program, students may soon be pondering those very questions.

NAU’s Center for Science Teaching and Learning received $5.4 million in grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation to scale up their success in the Power of Data project and to fund professional teacher development that focuses on planetary science concepts and skills in technology and engineering.