Five Firsts for Mars InSight

Scientists have been studying the surface of Mars for many years ... it's time to know a little something about its interior, too. The Mars Insight launched in November 2018 on a mission to study the happenings inside the most studied planet in our solar system (besides Earth, of course). A video presentation explains the intent of the new mission, as well as the insight scientists hope to gain from temperature, magnetic field, and seismic data.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners first watch the lesson and then research current data
  • Compare and contrast the mission of the Mars Insight to other vehicles sent to the red planet
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects an understanding of the structure of Earth's layers to compare to Mars
Pros

  • Includes a link to watch the live landing of Mars Insight
  • Provides an option for closed captioning to aid in note taking
Cons

  • None