This is a student directed lab where students pretend they have landed on another planet. They must test three mystery samples to see if any of the samples contain life. To figure it out they follow the provided procedures and use their background knowledge of the characteristics of life. This could be used at the beginning of the students learning about cells and living things, a unit on life on other planets or at the end of the year as a fun review. All of the materials needed for this lab are simple and can be found around the house or around the science prep room. Procedures are written simply that students can run this activity by themselves. Directions for lab setup, lesson plans and helpful hints are also included.