Liftoff: Additional Educator Resources

Use these resources to support your teaching of the unit: Liftoff: Engineering Rockets and Rovers

Educator Resources

 

Billion-Pixel View From Curiosity at Rocknest

This NASA website uses real images taken by Curiosity to create an interactive panorama of the surface of Mars.

Mars Exploration Rover Tools of the Trade

This Exploratorium offers technical information on the rover tools used by Curiosity on Mars.

Build your Own Space Mission

This interactive online activity, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, allows users to drag and drop instruments onto a rover or lander and study one of several sites in the solar system. This activity is well-suited for younger Engineering Adventures participants.

Make a Mission

This interactive online activity challenges users to build a mission to Mercury, while taking into account intricate variables such as cargo space and budget. This activity is well-suited for older Engineering Adventures participants with a concept of spatial organization and money management.

Videos

 

How Do You Get To Mars?

This animated video from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes the engineering challenges inherent in sending a rocket to Mars. (1:00)

How Hard Is It to Land Curiosity on Mars?

This animated video from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory describes the technologies that engineers created in order to land Curiosity on Mars. (1:00)

How Do Rovers Drive on Mars?

This animated video from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows how Curiosity is controlled from millions of miles away. (1:00)

Seven Minutes of Terror

This video features interviews with JPL engineers as they describe the challenges of the final minutes of Curiosity's journey to Mars. (5:07)

Articles

 

WIRED: The Next Mars Rover Will Have Better Lasers and X-Ray Vision

By Adam Mann for WIRED Magazine. This article highlights the rover tools that engineers are currently developing for an improved Mars rover scheduled to travel to Mars in 2020.