With its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's "habitability." The Homeschool Learning Network discusses Curiosity's landing, with diagrams and the very first Curiosity images!
All About Mars and Rover Curiosity
Welcome to the Homeschool Learning Network's Pages on Mars, and NASA's recent deployment of a new Rover on the Red Planet! The rover is called "Curiosity!" Explore the various pages presented here to help you learn about this exciting mission!
The following images are for your use in the assignments and activities that you will be creating for the Alaskan Pioneer Project. These images are taken by NASA with HLN granted permission to share them for educational purposes.
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All attention is on Mars with the latest landing of the Curiosity Rover! On this page, you will find a myriad of links to websites dedicated to Mars, as well as Lesson Plan resources for all ages and grades! Join the Homeschool Learning Network in exploring Mars through these fabulous and diverse resources!
The NASA Curiosity Team is keeping a Diary via their Blog Pages for Curiosity. Here you will find a summary and introduction to each blog post, as well as Press Releases from NASA's What's New Page. Read through all the blogs, or pick and choose topics of interest to you. The Homeschool Learning Network will update this page as new blog posts become available!
In honor of the great accomplishment of humankind in landing the latest Mars Rover, Curiosity, the Homeschool Learning Network is running two Mars Projects for the 2012-2013 school year. One project will be geared to grades K-8, and one for grades 9-12. Younger students will learn about Mars, and "imagine" their own community there, through a series of lesson plans. Older students will form a team, and study data coming from the Red Planet.