Lesson Plan for "Our Solar System: Exploring Mars"
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* Update on Curiosity's Mars Landing * The Mars rover, Curiosity, landed on Mars August 6 (EDT), 2012, to turn the "7 Minutes of Terror: Land the Mars Curiosity" to "7 minutes of triumph."
Curiosity Snaps Picture of Its Shadow
The clear dust cover on the camera is still on in this view, and dust can be seen around its edge, along with three cover fasteners. The rover's shadow is visible in the foreground.
As planned, the rover's early engineering images are lower resolution. Larger color images are expected later in the week when the rover's mast, carrying high-resolution cameras, is deployed.
* Update on Curiosity's Mars Landing *
The Mars rover, Curiosity, landed on Mars August 6 (EDT), 2012, to turn the "7 Minutes of Terror: Land the Mars Curiosity" to "7 minutes of triumph."
Last updated: August 5, 2012
Grade: 4 (2005)
8.) Identify technological advances and other benefits of space exploration.
Examples: laser, pacemaker, dehydrated food, flame-retardant clothing, global positioning system (GPS), satellite imagery, global weather information, diagnostic imagery
• Listing highlights of space exploration, including satellites, manned moon missions, the unmanned Mars mission, and an inhabited space station
• Identifying Alabama's contribution to the space industry
11.) Compare distances from the sun to planets in our solar system.
• Relating the size of Earth to the size of other planets in our solar system
• Identifying technology used to study planets
Examples: Hubble telescope, space probes, Mars Exploration Rover