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Engineering Mars Spacecraft

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Earth and Space Sciences +2 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

This collection presents information on the different types of space craft that have visited Mars, what they were designed to study, and some of the instruments that were designed to complete their data collection.  It is organized to include pre and post-visit activities to accompany a visit to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.  An alternative app is suggested for those who are unable to visit the museum.

Students will: 

  • Identify engineering design requirements based on a description of what a spacecraft should be able to do.  
  • Compare the characteristics of the described spacecraft to models of actual spacecraft, determine how well the actual spacecraft meets the design requirements. 

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, engineering, Curiosity, Opportunity, Viking, orbiter, lander, rover, 

Engineering Mars Spacecraft

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