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Are you curious about how engineers design a Mars Mission? Explore robotics and rocketry and connect your problem-solving skills with real world space exploration challenges as NASA Project Engineers in this interactive mission.

Page Contents

Sol 1 - The Why and How of Mars
Sol 2 - Preparing for Mars
Sol 3 - Getting To Mars
Sol 4 - Living and Working on Mars
Sol 5


Sol 1 - The Why and How of Mars?


MarsQuest Online - Explore Mars



Neil deGrasse Tyson - Why Go to Mars


Early Exploration of Mars


Heron of Alexandria


Botttle Rocket Simulator - click here to design and build your own virtual bottle rocket.

Return to Mars - Activities

Movie - Nova - Ultimate Mars Challenge
Discussion Questions
  • Should we bother sending more robots to Mars instead of Humans?
  • What is a benefit of sending robots instead of humans?
  • What is a benefit of sending humans instead of robots?

Sol 2 - Preparing for Mars


Mars Quest Online - Volcanoes

How do you drive a Mars Rover?

Free Spirit - Plotting An Escape


Mars Quest Online - Rovers

Mars Quest Online - Floods

Google Mars

Movie - Nova - Ultimate Mars Challenge
Discussion Questions
  • Why were the scientists so excited about the parachute finally failing?
  • Why did they spend so much time on the parachute tests?


Sol 3 - Getting to Mars

Preparing for Mars500 - A simulated mission to Mars



NASA for Kids - Intro to Engineering


Click here for the Marsbound Evaluation

Movie - Nova - Ultimate Mars Challenge
Discussion Questions
  • How do you think the world would react if we ever found out that there was life on Mars?
  • What kind of scientific equipment would you put on the Mars Rover?
  • What should we consider when choosing the best landing sites for Robotic Mars Missions?


Sol 4 - Living and Working on Mars


Mars Quest Online - Mysteries

Mars to Stay


Melody's Slideshow


Mars Quest Online - MER Experience

Mission to Mars Evaluation

Movie - Nova - Ultimate Mars Challenge
Discussion Questions
  • We send robot missions to Mars with no intention of recovering them. What do you think about this?


Sol 5

Field Trip! - Maryland Science Center