[Surfnetkids: 15 Aug 2012] Mars Curiosity



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#1. August 15, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

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#2. Mars Curiosity

by Barbara J. Feldman
http://www.surfnetkids.com/mars_curiosity.htm

Mars Curiosity Printable (** for premium members only)
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/mars_curiosity.pdf

After an eight-month journey, the Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet on August 6, 2012. Its mission is to explore Martian climate, soil and geology, and to determine if Mars might ever have supported life. Curiosity is roughly the size of a small SUV and is the fourth NASA rover on the planet.

Exploratorium: Return to Mars
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Join the Exploratorium for a series of live (and recorded) webcasts about the Mars Science Laboratory mission. There is also a series of articles about Curiosity and its predecessor rovers: Spirit, Opportunity and Sojourner. “With each new Mars mission, NASA has reused technologies and design elements that have worked well in the past. Curiosity has six-wheels, for example, as did the earlier rovers, and a rocker-bogie suspension system that has proven to provide excellent stability and obstacle-climbing ability.”

NASA: Eyes on the Solar System
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In this interactive simulation, you can reenact the entry, descent and landing of the Curiosity and “view” where the rover currently is by controlling the date, time, and speed of the simulation. To begin, look for Tours & Features in the upper right-hand corner, and choose Curiosity EDL. In other features, you can fly through the solar system and “explore the cosmos from your computer.”

NASA: Mars Curiosity
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Visit this NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory site to answer all your burning questions about Curiosity and the Mars Science Laboratory. How does the Curiosity land? What’s its mission? Send the rover a message, or ask a question of Dr. C, a computerized Mars expert. “Dr. C. is in beta form, which means we’re testing him out… and you can help!” This computerized expert is based on real-life expert Philip R. Christensen, a professor of Geological Science at Arizona State University.

… Click to continue Mars Curiosity .

#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

Mars Curiosity Printable

Mars Curiosity Wikipedia Printable
Mars Exploration Printable

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#4. Related Games

Mars Scrambler
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/mars-sc.htm

Planet Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/planet-ws.htm

Stellar Crossword
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/space-cw.htm

#5. Surfing the Calendar

Completion of Transcontinental U.S. Railway
Aug 15, 1870

Opening of Panama Canal
Aug 15, 1914

Wilbur Wright’s Birthday
Aug 16, 1867

Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday
Aug 18, 1774

Nineteenth Amendment Ratified
Aug 18, 1920

Paula Danziger’s Birthday
Aug 18, 1945

Orville Wright’s Birthday
Aug 19, 1871

National Aviation Day
Aug 19, 2012

Monarch Butterfly Fall Migration Begins
Aug 22, 2012

#6. Quote of the Week

“Teachers open the door. You enter by yourself.” ~~ Chinese proverb ~~ Click here for more Chinese Proverbs.

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