NASA Mars Mission for Kids
Do your kids want to learn more about Mars? Mars, known as the Red Planet, is one of our closest neighbors in The Milky Way. This makes it simple to spot in the night sky and one of the easiest planets for astronomers to study. Many things make Mars fascinating to learn about. It is home to Olympus Mons, a now dormant volcano, which is the highest mountain in the Solar System. Mars also boasts the Solar System’s largest canyon, Valles Marineris. The Red Planet often has intense winds and massive dust storms. Some of these storms send dust miles into the atmosphere and are so big they can be seen by amateur astronomers on Earth. Someday, Mars will likely be the first planet, other than Earth, humans set foot on.
NASA Mars Mission for Kids
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Another thing that makes Mars so interesting to learn about right now is the current Mars 2020 mission, which was launched on July 30, 2020, and is currently on its way to Mars. This mission aims to send the Perseverance rover to Mars to explore and collect data to send back to Earth. Perseverance is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18, 2021.
Our kids have been having fun learning about this mission with the book NASA Mars Mission for Kids. This book is packed with engaging information about the Perseverance and past Mars rover missions. The book is also a great way to learn about the discovery of Mars, how it got its name and countless other facts about the planet. But the book isn’t all facts and information; many fun activities will draw kids into the book and keep them wanting to learn more about The Red Planet. There are coloring pages, drawing activities, mazes, puzzles, and more. Our 10-year-old has especially enjoyed the grid coloring pages.
Learn More About Mars With Videos
I always like to find educational videos to go along with what we are learning. Here are some about The Red Planet and the Mars 2020 mission.
Learn basic facts about Mars from National Geographic.
Learn more about Mars from Crash Course Astronomy.
Find out what it would be like to stand on Mars.
Watch an overview of NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover.
Watch the Mars Perseverance launch from July 30, 2020.
This is where you’ll be able to watch the live stream of the Perseverance Rover landing on Mars on February 18, 2021. Be sure to pin or bookmark this post so you can find it later.
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