The Mars rover Curiosity, which launched last November, has traveled almost 350 million miles and will land on Mars at approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday. Wow! A 9-month, 350-million mile journey is mind boggling. To help your kids grasp how amazing this feat is, fuel their imaginations and make a model of the Solar System this weekend. There’s a tutorial for making a Solar System on StyrofoamCrafts.com, and the photo below links to the tutorial.
This is the most ambitious flight to Mars yet, and I think it’s fascinating. To land, Curiosity has just 7 minutes to slow down from 13,200 mph to zero. I can’t imagine! Fewer than 1/3 of the 44 missions that have tried to reach Mars have succeeded. And of the dozen or so space craft that have reached Mars, only six have landed successfully. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Once it’s landed, the Curiosity will try to determine if Mars ever sustained life. I’m pretty sure that these Little Green Men didn’t ever live on Mars, but they’re a lot of fun to make. StyrofoamCrafts.com has a tutorial for making these Martians, so click on the photo for the instructions.
Here are a few links I found for more information about the rover Curiosity:
To commemorate Curiosity’s journey, I’m giving away a Solar System kit. For your chance to win the kit, please leave a comment below about the Rover Curiosity and its journey. Do you plan to watch the landing? Are your kids excited about it? I’ll draw one winner from the comments next Friday, August 10.