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NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity

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Curiosity Rover Landing Trailer

Curiosity Rover Landing Trailer

This animation shows the major mission events of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars Aug. 5, 2012.

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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Mission Animation

Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Mission Animation

This artist's concept animation depicts key events of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, launched in late 2011.

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Mars In A Minute Series

Mars In A Minute Series (4 videos)

These 60-second animated movies are a quick and fun way to learn about Mars and NASA's newest Mars rover.

Building Curiosity Series

Building Curiosity Series (11 videos)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at engineers building and testing NASA's Curiosity rover in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

The Challenges of Getting to Mars Series

The Challenges of Getting to Mars Series (6 videos)

Learn about the challenges that mission team members face in sending one of NASA's most ambitious missions to the surface of Mars.

Cruising with Curiosity Series

Cruising with Curiosity Series (5 videos)

Fly along with NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, (and mission team members on Earth) as the spacecraft makes its way to the Red Planet and prepares for its Aug. 5 landing on Mars!

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Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Discovery Guide

Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Discovery Guide

Learn how NASA's Curiosity rover will use advanced robotics to study whether life could exist on Mars with these educational activities, images and fun facts.

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Earth/Mars Comparison Poster

Earth/Mars Comparison Poster

This beautiful poster helps illustrate how Earth and Mars compare and includes educational acitivities on the back.

› Poster (front) | › Poster (back with educational activities)

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Explore Your Curiosity - Summer of Innovation

Explore Your Curiosity Curriculum - Summer of Innovation

NASA/JPL's Summer of Innovation, a program to equip educators in underrepresented communities with activities and resources for summer, has put together this new curriculum for 2012 with more than 30 classroom activities all about Mars and the Curiosity Rover. › Get involved with NASA/JPL's Summer of Innovation

Marsbound! Mission to the Red Planet

Marsbound! Mission to the Red Planet

This fun board activity teaches students the process of design, engineering and technology on a mission they create for Mars.

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Let's Investigate Mars!

Let's Investigate Mars!

This lesson will help your students answer the question: What do I need to know about Mars to live there in the future?

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Getting Dirty on Mars

Getting Dirty on Mars

In this lab activity, students compare soil from Earth to simulated Martian soil.

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Mars Activity Book

Mars Activity Book

This activity guide for teachers and students contains two-dozen activities related to Mars and Mars exploration.

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Mars Student Imaging Project

Mars Student Imaging Project

The Mars Student Imaging Project allows students to use a camera on the Odyssey orbiter to take their own image of the red planet and analyze it using the scientific method.

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Imagine Mars

Imagine Mars

Imagine Mars is a national arts, science and technology initiative that challenges young people to imagine and design a livable Mars community of the future.

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Explore Mars

Explore Mars

This 3D interactive experience uses the Unity game engine. It enables delivery of a 3D terrain map of Gale Crater, where Curiosity landed on Aug. 5, as well as a 3-D model of the rover so you can follow along as if you were there.

Mars Rover Landing Game for Xbox

Mars Rover Landing Game for Xbox

Try your skills at the challenges of landing a rover on Mars! This game uses the Kinect motion sensor on the Xbox 360 and is available in the Xbox Live Marketplace and Kinect Central.

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Eyes on the Solar System: Curiosity Edition

Eyes on the Solar System: Curiosity Edition

Fly along with a virtual Curiosity as it lands on Mars in this highly interactive view of the solar system and NASA's missions to explore it.

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Be a Martian Interactive

Be a Martian Interactive

Students can become a citizen scientist and improve Martian maps, take part in research tasks and assist Mars science teams studying data about the Red Planet.

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Mars for Kids

Mars for Kids

Blast off, play games, work on activities and learn about Mars.

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Ask Dr. C Interactive

Ask Dr. C Interactive

Dr. C. is a computerized scientist designed to answer questions about Mars.

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