‎Learn About Mars · ‎Plan Your Mission · ‎Launch Your Mission science fair 1f

‎Learn About Mars · ‎Plan Your Mission · ‎Launch Your Mission

‎Learn About Mars · ‎Plan Your Mission · ‎Launch Your Mission

Mission to Mars Unit
This activity is related to a Teachable Moment from April 2018. See “NASA InSight Lander to Get First Look at ‘Heart’ of Mars.”

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In this standards-aligned unit, students learn about Mars, design a mission to explore the planet, build and test model spacecraft and components, and engage in scientific exploration. The unit takes students through seven stages, including learning about the planet, planning the mission, designing the spacecraft, launching, landing, surface operations and sample return.

This set of activities may be completed in whole or part, and in any sequence.
Most activities are best completed by pairs or teams of students.
Ever wanted to take your students on an exciting journey? What if you could take that journey from the comfort of the classroom or out-of-school learning environment? Welcome to Mission to Mars!

Over the course of these lessons, you and your students will learn about and plan a mission to Mars. Your students will apply their creativity and science and math knowledge to explore the Red Planet. Not a scientist or engineer? That’s okay! You’re going to learn everything you need to know while preparing for and conducting these lessons. And you actually already have some engineering skills, whether you know it or not.

Ready, set, let’s go!

Jump to:

Learn About Mars
Plan Your Mission
Design Your Spacecraft
Launch Your Mission
Land on Mars
Surface Operations
Sample Return
Learn About Mars
Students learn about Mars by watching short videos and engaging in mathematics and art activities.

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