STEM Education: Students Witness Landing of Mars Rover Curiosity | News
Polk County, Florida-- A group of 40 students, parents, teachers and guests from Kathleen High’s Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), CFAA’s Civil Air Patrol and the Lakeland Aero Club were given an opportunity to experience space exploration firsthand during a trip to the John F. Kennedy Space Center. With the help of a live-feed video coming from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California the group witnessed Curiosity make its historic landing on Mars.
The Mars Rover is the most advanced craft so far to survive the journey to the Red Planet. In a statement released from the White House, President Obama said the landing “marks an unprecedented feat of technology that will stand as a point of national pride far into the future.”
The group was there thanks in part to NASA’s efforts to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The trip included:
- a presentation by NASA Astronaut Dr. Samuel T. Durrance, who discussed his involvement with the Astro Observatory that flew on Space Shuttle Columbia STS-35/Astro-1 and Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-67/Astro-2 missions. They were also given an opportunity to speak with NASA’s Deputy Chief Technologist Jim Adams.
- an IMAX film about the Hubble Telescope
- an opportunity to “camp out” and sleep under the Saturn V rocket. The Saturn V rocket was used by NASA’s Apollo and Skylab programs from 1967 until 1973. It remains the tallest, heaviest and most powerful rocket operated by NASA.
To view images from Curiosity visit: http://www.nasa.gov/
Release courtesy of Polk County Public Schools