Five Ways of Looking at a Mars Lesson

Human fascination with Mars has lasted for millenia, and continues to deepen in light of the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars’ surface in February of this year after a 300 million mile, 7 month journey. The idea of Martians who inhabit the Red Planet has captured our imaginations for a long time and now, because of the human ingenuity and technology behind Perseverance, … Continue reading Five Ways of Looking at a Mars Lesson

Cassini Meets The Lord of the Rings

SCIENCE NASA is deliberately crashing its $3.9-billion spacecraft in a fiery “Grand Finale” on Saturn. Why? (NASA) Revisit Cassini’s legacy with our study guides on two of its discoveries. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.   Discussion Ideas   The world is watching as NASA prepares to crash its Cassini spacecraft into the gas giant Saturn. What … Continue reading Cassini Meets The Lord of the Rings

This Week in Geographic History: Life on Mars

Check out our Pinterest board for more related resources! We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources. Sunday, August 6 TDIGH: NASA Provides Evidence … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History: Life on Mars

Mars Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

We all have a lot of questions about Mars. Recently, at a National Geographic Live event in Seattle, we collected quite a few. Luckily for us, Dr. Ray Arvidson, planetary geologist and professor at Washington University in St. Louis, has answers! Dr. Arvidson directs the Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing Laboratory, and has worked on the Mars Exploration Rover (Spirit and Opportunity) and the Mars … Continue reading Mars Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

What Happens to Astronaut Poop? Look to the Skies!

SCIENCE What will happen to Astronaut Scott Kelly’s body during his year in space? With a nod to Leonardo, NASA diagrams it for us. (NASA) Do you really need to ask why astronauts are awesome? Well, here are 5 Reasons Why to get you started. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas First, a little background: … Continue reading What Happens to Astronaut Poop? Look to the Skies!