Fun and easy mini-expeditions to help students and parents see the world with eyes of wonder.
ASSIGNMENT: Your adventure, should you choose to accept it, is to join Scott on his mission to the Red Planet — Mars. Finally! Scott has booked a trip to Mars. (It’s a little embarrassing but this isn’t Scott’s first attempt to go to Mars.) Well… really it is just his name etched in silicon that will be going to Mars on NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover, but everyone is welcome to send their name to Mars.
Details: Hurry! Submit your name for the Mars 2020 Mission by Sept. 30, 2019, to fly along! But, don’t worry if you are late because, starting this fall, students will also have the chance to rename the rover in the “Name the Rover” contest. And, even if you miss that, you can join NASA’s next mission to Mars.
More about this adventure: NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will look for signs of life in a region of Mars where the ancient environment is believed to have been favorable for microbial life. The rover launches next summer, July 2020 and lands February 2021. Part of the rover’s cargo will be millions of names laser-etched onto a microchip. Each line will be less than 0.1% the width of a human hair. Wow! That’s tiny. I hope the Martians have a magnifying glass.
Below is a video from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory showing an animated flyover of the Martian surface and the Jezero Crater. It explains why the crater, a 28-mile-wide ancient lake-delta system, is the best place for the Mars 2020 rover to find evidence of life. The rover will also collect samples for a possible return flight to Earth, though this mission hasn’t yet been planned. To learn more about the mission, please visit https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020