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  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16127
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA15116
  • Here you see a global map of Mars with all of the successful NASA missions.Curiosity is targeted to land in Gale Crater, anancient impact crater believed to be about 3.5 to 3.8 billion years old.This is a HUGE crater - about 96 miles across. It could hold the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined!
  • An unusual feature of Gale is an enormous mountain that rises about 3 miles above the crater floor, which is higher than Mt. Rainier rises above Seattle. The mountain’s peak, by the way, is named Mt. Sharp in honor of Caltech geologist Robert Sharp, a founding figure of planetary science.Though tall, the slopes of the mountain are gentle enough for Curiosity to climb. After exploring the plains of Gale, Curiosity will head up into the hills where the biggest science results are expected. Depending upon the actual landing location, starting the climb could take several months.Curiosity’s two-year mission is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • ~12.24 miles x ~4.29 milesViking 185 miles
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA15959
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16021
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA15978
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16143http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16142
  • http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/images/malin-4rovercam-br2.jpg
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16105
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16200
  • http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16111http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA16112

Curiosity-CA STEM Summit 2012 Curiosity-CA STEM Summit 2012 Presentation Transcript

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of TechnologyCSLNet California STEM SummitOctober 15-16, 2012David SeidelDeputy Education DirectorNASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Launch Year 2000 to Present 2011 2013 Odyssey MRO MAVEN Mars Express (ESA) Mars Science LabMER Phoenix MER The data/information contained herein has been reviewed and approved for release by JPL Export Administration on the basis that this document contains no export-controlled information.
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technologyphotojournal.jpl.nasa.gov
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  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of TechnologyIt justLOOKSlikeArizona…
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology Earth Mars Diameter 1 53 % Volume 1 15 % Gravity 1 38 % Day/Sol 24 hours 24 hours 40 minutes Year 1 1.88 (687 days) Tilt 23 ½ degrees 25 degrees Moons 1 2 Surface 57° F -81° FTemperatureAtmospheric 1013 millibars 7.5 millibars Pressure 1370 w/m2 590 w/m2 Sunlight (100%) (43%) 77% Nitrogen 95.32% Carbon DioxideAtmosphere 21% Oxygen 0.13% Oxygen
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of TechnologyDESTINATION NEW HOMEGale Crater
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of TechnologyNEW HOMEGale Crater NASAJPL-Caltech/ASU/UA
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  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of TechnologySojourner 1997 Spirit and Opportunity 2004 Curiosity 2012 25 kg 175 kg 900 kg
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory MSL Gets a Name: “Curiosity” California Institute of Technology • Clara Ma, a sixth grader from Kansas, wrote the winning essay. An excerpt: • “Curiosity is an eternal flame that burns in everyone’s mind. It makes me get out of bed in the morning and wonder what surprises life will throw at me that day.”2009 Launch - 2011
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology “7 Minutes of Terror”http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.php?id=1090
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology “Eyes on the Solar System”http:/eyes.nasa.gov/
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  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology “Mars Curiosity Descent – Ultra HD 30fps”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esj5juUzhpU
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology “Heat Shield, Meet Mars”http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/index.php?id=1119
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  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology• Mastcam: Mast Camera• ChemCam: Chemistry and Camera• RAD: Radiation Assessment Detector• CheMin: Chemistry and Mineralogy• SAM: Sample Analysis at Mars• DAN: Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons• MARDI: Mars Descent Imager• MAHLI: Mars Hand Lens Imager• APXS: Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer• REMS: Rover Environmental Monitoring Station• The brush, drill, sieves and scoop are tools on the rovers robotic arm.
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  • Jet Propulsion Laboratoryhttp://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/participate California Institute of Technology
  • Reflections on Space Exploration and STEM Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of Technology• Today’s teachers have grown up in the post-Apollo/post-WatergateEducation: era characterized by both nostalgia and cynicism.• It is difficult to integrate the rapid pace of scientific discovery into the classroom.• E-LA and math are important but they are not simply skills.• For the last decade students have essentially been reading about nothing, so…• They have not been reading for pleasure, so…• They have not been reading science fiction, so…• How do we expand their horizons beyond the horizon?
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  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of TechnologyThe Angry Red Planet Brought to you in Cinemagic
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory California Institute of TechnologyThanks mars.jpl.nasa.gov David.M.Seidel@jpl.nasa.gov
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