summer NASA launched two rovers that will be landing on Mars this
January. A trip to Mars has many obstacles to overcome. So many,
that 2 out of 3 missions to the red planet fail. One of the toughest
challenges to overcome is landing the rover on the surface of Mars.
NASA's rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, will enter the Martian atmosphere
at 12,000 miles per hour. During a six minute landing, the 1000 pound
spacecraft will use frictions from the Martian Atmosphere, it's large
parachutes, retro-rockets and a complex air bag system to reduce its
speed from 12,000 mph to almost zero.
For more information on the Mars Explorer
Simulation please visit this page.
successful completion of the Rovers: 04 contest we have produced
a certificate for you to download and print out. The certificate
is in Adobe PDF format and will require Adobe
Please visit the Winners Section
to see if you or your class was
chosen for a prize!
your classroom participate in the contest is just the beginning.
Included in the information are three activities that will engage
your students using hands-on activities to explore the challenges
of traveling to Mars. These
activities can easily be used quickly and easily to bring the excitement
of the Mars Exploration Rover to your classroom.
on Mars with robotic rovers is the first step in preparation for
human exploration. Learn more about the limitless possibilities we
have yet to discover about the Red Planet in the Exploring Mars section.
Keep checking back to the Gallery to see your exciting photos.