WORLD FIRST MARSLINK MISSION UPDATE - 2007
By Dr. Dana M. Barry, C.P.C.
Dr. Dana M. Barry’s World First MarsLink team continues to make progress. The international members both in the United States and Malaysia participate in planet / star gazing sessions, planetarium tours, rocket launching, and other space-related activities and contests. Also in science workshops they examine elements such as iron that are present in Martian soil, and experimentally prepare carbon dioxide gas which makes up about 95% of the planet’s atmosphere. In addition, the students are especially proud and excited about the ongoing success of the Mars Exploration Rovers (because their names are on a special disk aboard the Rovers).
Dr. Barry recently initiated (in collaboration with Dr. Hideyuki Kanematsu of Japan) an international program in creative education to promote and develop creative problem-solving skills. She is incorporating the MarsLink Mission and studies into this global program. The following project is one of her creative activities for the planets.
The teacher has a general discussion in class about our planet Earth, which includes land, water, plants, animals, and people (who breathe oxygen to stay alive). Then some photos are displayed of our planet and of other planets in the solar system like Mars (a cold planet with two moons and an atmosphere that is composed of about 95% carbon dioxide gas). Finally the students are asked to brainstorm and create a new planet of their own.
Dr. Barry gave lectures about the MarsLink Space Mission Program while serving as a Visiting Professor for Suzuka National College of Technology, Japan in 2002. More recently she carried out some exciting science activities with students in Japan, when she returned there as a Visiting Professor in 2005. See photo.
Dr. Barry’s World First MarsLink Mission is supported by NASA and Space Explorers, Inc. and sponsored by the Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society. She and her team are very grateful to Space Explorers, Inc. for their continued interest and outstanding support.
MARSLINK –RELATED / SCIENCE PUBLICATION
Barry, Dana M. and Hideyuki Kanematsu (representing M.S. & E. Department Faculty, Suzuka National College of Technology, Japan). Science Fair Fun in Japan. Gendai Tosho, Japan (2005).