NASA’s “Mission to Mars” challenge offers guided educational activities for students to celebrate the upcoming landing of the agency’s Perseverance rover on the Red Planet.
The agency’s Mars 2020 mission launched on July 30, 2020, and is scheduled to land inside Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18. The Perseverance rover will then search for signs of past microbial life and possible habitable environments, as well as collect samples that can be returned to Earth by a future mission campaign.
The Mission to Mars student challenge is designed to get students engaged in the Perseverance landing and answer questions about the Mars 2020 mission. Participants receive a new lesson plan every week with a different theme and set of activities to complete, ranging from building their own Mars mission to planning for launch, arrival, and surface operations.