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Lesson 5 - Perseverance Mars Rover

"Touchdown confirmed" - there is a new robot on Mars!

 

The American space agency, Nasa, has successfully landed its Perseverance rover in a deep crater near the planet's equator called Jezero.

It's the first time a science mission has gone to Mars with such an advanced set of equipment, and it is the first time a robot has been sent to such a promising location in terms of finding past life.

 

The engineers in Nasa HQ were delighted when they were given confirmation that the rover had landed, with many jumping for joy at the news.They had been very nervous before the touchdown because landing on Mars is very difficult and it's only the second time Nasa has done so with a rover weighing more than one tonne.

 

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we decided that we would use this amazing story in one of our science lessons.

NASA's Perseverance: Touchdown on Mars for rover!

Check out this amazing video from NASA!

Our Perseverance rover takes up residence on Mars!

The first thing we want you to do is to watch the video from NASA - it really gets you in the mood! As 'Space' is our topic, we thought you'd like to learn more about it.

 

You will then have a reading/research activity to complete - it's up to you whether you go with the 'Easier Task' or the 'Harder Challenge'. Why not have a look at both and decide which one is best for you?

 

Finally - and this is the really enjoyable part - we want you to imagine that NASA has recruited you as part of the design team for the next Mars Rover. It's up to YOU to design the coolest, funkiest and most impressive Mars Rover the galaxy has ever seen! 

 

Enjoy - and may the force be with you!

 

 

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