Want to Explore?

Hi Space Bloggers!

Bella Bear wrote in recently and said that she would like to explore an unknown planet. If you like that idea, but don’t want to wait until we find one – and figure out how to get there – and you grow up and go through astronaut training – here’s a thought.

How about exploring Mars? This year? So far no one has gone there in person. But scientists are studying it right here from Earth. You probably heard about NASA’s Mars Rover mission. Two robot scouts, named ‘Spirit’ and ‘Opportunity’, rolled over Mars testing the air and surface and sending back live video. Well, another mission is getting ready to go, Mars Science Laboratory. And guess what? Its going to look for signs of LIFE!

Right now a new rover named ‘Curiosity’ is taking its first steps in a NASA laboratory in California. Once it learns to walk, it’s going to Mars. And you can go with it. Well, practically. Just check in each day at the MSL website and see live footage of the mission preparation, launch, and discoveries on Mars. It’s almost like being there! Except you won’t miss your birthday party.

'Curiosity'

New Mars rover out for a test drive (image credit: NASA)

Oh, and don’t miss the Mars fun zone set up especially for kids!

About Jane Peddicord

Jane Ann Peddicord is an award winning author, lawyer, and space enthusiast. About her first book, NIGHT WONDERS, Laura Kraft of the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii wrote, “We’ve long waited for books such as these to explain, in age-appropriate language, some of the fundamental concepts that have shaken the foundation of Physics.” Jane is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and likes science, space, and springer spaniels.
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3 Responses to Want to Explore?

  1. LorinM says:

    If you want to explore the Solar System (and see where all the probes are that are exploring for us), try visiting a cool new NASA website:
    solarsystem.nasa.gov/eyes

    You can fly around and zoom in on any point in our Solar System, at any date and time!

    • Thanks Lorin! That’s great to know about. I may spend a few hours in space today!

      Hey Bella Bear, this may be a way to get to Pluto ahead of schedule. The website editors say they have used predictions to extend the view from the New Horizons spaceship almost to the edge of the solar system! http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/eyes/

      And Erin, no need to worry more about the end of the shuttle program. If you check out NASA’s new site, you can see there are lots more exciting space exploration programs going on right now!

  2. Erin Edwards says:

    So it’s going up next year? With the shuttle program ending it’s nice to hear that something exciting will still be happening next year at NASA!




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