The Mars rover will land on the “Red Planet” next month and invite students to participate in the design, construction and landing of their own missions to Mars. NASA can help.
On February 18th, NASA will try to land the “Mars 2020 Perseverance” Mars rover on the surface of the red planet. You can also participate in NASA’s “Mars Student Challenge Mission”. Just like NASA scientists and engineers, classrooms, informal education groups, families and individuals can design, build and land their own spacecraft. For more inspiration, there is also a handy Mars 2020 STEM toolkit, which contains events, videos, etc.
Thomas said: “We hope to reach all classrooms in the United States and other regions through the “Mars Student Challenge”
Perseverance only has about one SUV, and its belly is equipped with a small Ingenuity Martian helicopter. Although the helicopter was an experiment for the first power-controlled flight on another planet, it did not play a role in the scientific research that Perseverance will conduct. The main goal of the Wanderer mission is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. Perseverance will characterize the earth’s geology and past climate, pave the way for mankind to explore the red planet, and is the first mission to collect samples of Martian rocks and rubble and gravel.
For this, the rover must land first, and landing on Mars is difficult. Only about half of all attempts by the world’s space agencies were successful-all NASA attempts were successful. The Curiosity rover of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was the last rover to land on the red planet in 2012.
Like curiosity, perseverance must survive the “seven minutes of horror”-using heat shields, parachutes and rockets to make fiery travels in the Martian atmosphere. During aerial crane operations, nylon cables will be used to lower the rover to Mars during the descent phase.
However, this latest landing involves a higher degree of difficulty: the most complex rover ever built, perseverance is the largest and heaviest attempt to land on Mars. It will begin testing new technologies.
Participate in the global “teaching time”, and drive the students to travel with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on February 18 when the Perseverance Rover landed. Science communicator and host of the Netflix “Emily Miracle Lab” Emily Carandelli shared how to take an adventure with your students.
More information about the challenge
By participating in the “Mars Student Challenge Mission”, you can also land on your own rover. Activities include:
- A flexible and instructive five-week educational program for middle, elementary, and high school students, including standard STEM courses and activities from NASA.
- A weekly newsletter with links to tips and resources related to this week’s mission phase.
- Video conversations with mission scientists and engineers emphasized the relationship between their work and what students are learning-and the idea of starting a weekly challenge.
- Participate in Q&A opportunities with mission experts and submit student questions and work. These missions and work may appear in NASA broadcasts on and before the landing day.
With the STEM toolkit, you can learn more about tasks and have fun on the go. You will find:
- Tell the story of perseverance and originality students.
- The clear animation highlights the rover and helicopter.
- The opportunity to write your own Mars exploration game.
- Make crafts with the theme of space.
- there are more.
“The STEM Mars Student Challenge provides students all over the world with a fun and fascinating way to get them excited and learn about this major Mars landing, and join NASA when we land on the red planet,” the STEM elementary and middle school leader Ota Lutz said of the education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. “This challenge will provide young students with interesting and engaging activities. They will have the opportunity to ask questions from NASA experts and share their work with audiences around the world.”
You can watch the live landing event in English and Spanish on NASA TV and the agency’s website starting at 2:15 PM Eastern Standard Time (11:15 AM Pacific Standard Time) on February 18th. The landing time was approximately 3:55 pm Eastern Standard Time (12:55 pm Pacific Standard Time).
Do your students have questions about the task? Share them on the challenge website, and then you can read them in real time on NASA broadcasts.
To learn more about the challenge:
To learn more about perseverance:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.