NASA's Mars Science Lab rover, Curiosity,is scheduled to launch this fall and will begin studying Mars' habitability when it arrives at the Red Planet in 2012. The ChemCam instrument on the soon-to-launch Mars Science Laboratory has a variety of resources on its site, from background information about Mars to blogs, activities, opportunities to post your own art and add your comments, and more.
Children ages 8 to 13 and their families may enjoy
- asking Dr. C., a computerized scientist, questions about Mars
- posting their own Mars-related artwork
- playing Mars-related games.
- and participating in Explore! Mars: Inside and Out! hands-on activities.