I wonder what you think of when you hear the word Mars …
Do you think of aliens, the color red, or maybe the candy bar!
In just a hours, the Mars Curiosity Rover is scheduled to land on Mars!
You can learn more about Mars right here on Big Universe!
- Mars by Derek Zobel: Mars is known as the red, rocky planet. It has many volcanoes, including the solar system’s largest one. Eager readers will learn about the physical features of Mars and its place in the solar system.
- Mars by George Cappacio: With this series, readers journey into space, taking a close look at our galaxy. Each title answers many questions about these planets and celestial bodies, including: How and when they were created? How big are they? What is the environment like? What kind of technology do we use to explore them? Can life exist there? The series not only covers all the major planets in our solar system, but also describe the sun, stars, moons, asteroids, meteors, and comets. The books include up-to-date information about the latest discoveries and the most recent missions into space.
I have found some very interesting ways to learn even more about the Mars Curiosity Rover ….
- Did you know you can connect with the Mars Curiosity Rover on twitter and facebook?
- On the Siemens Site, you can find a countdown to the landing as well as information about How Landing on Mars is One of the Hardest Jobs on Earth
- On the NASA site in the Mars Science Laboratory area, there is information about the launch, news updates, and even mulitmedia images to help you explore! (You can also find a countdown here)
- On Space.com, you can even see pictures about How Mars Rover Curiosity’s Nail Biting Landing Works!
With all of the great sites I have found related to the Mars Curiosity Rover, I think I like the Mars Science Laboratory from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (California Institute of Technology) the best!
- You can follow the landing live and see the first images
- This is a great way to learn more about the mission (and I think it is in words that are understandable for students)
- There are all kinds of multimedia interactives, images, and videos
- You can even learn more about Mars!
- You can keep up with the twitter feed of @MarsCuriosity
- There is a simple way for students and adults to send a message to the Curiosity Rover!
Based on the things learned from the books on Big Universe and the new information from the Curiosity Rover, students could use the Writing Area on Big Universe to write a story about what they learn and/or create a story about what would happen if they got to spend a day on Mars!
Have fun and exploring another planet in our Solar System!