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To MARS with MER - GET INVOLVED!
Hands-on activities for home, school, and science center
One of the most exciting things about missions to Mars is that many key aspects of what NASA researchers and engineers are doing can be simulated in simple hands-on activities that are both lots of fun, and deeply informative. Here are some of our favorites, as well as links to many more, developed by NASA and other researchers.
Activities 1-5 relate to the rockets used to launch the Mars Exploration Rovers, the relative size and position of Earth and Mars in the solar system, landing safely on the surface of the Red Planet, and operating on that surface using a combination of human instructions and robotic intelligence. You'll see many of these activities, or similar ones, implemented on camera during COUNTDOWN TO MARS: if you've got questions about how to make them work--at home, in school, or in other informal science settings--sign up for discuss-mars, and ask away! (Classroom teachers: you can find more formal versions of these activities by checking out EDUCATORS.) We'd love to hear your feedback and comments.
Rovers from Junk (rolling round the Red Planet)
Pizza boxes, yogurt containers, empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, and a crutch are some of the materials we've found that make great rovers. Try this activity and let us know what you found were the best materials.