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NASA’s InSight  touched down on Mars on November 26, 2018.  InSight is an acronym of Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport mission and its mission is to investigate the interior of the planet. InSight Mission Overview provides a more detailed description of the mission and its goals. In addition to InSight, the mission included two mini satellites, the size of briefcases, with experimental miniaturized communication equipment.

The InSight website features sections for the mission, mission timeline with toolkits, spacecraft, news & events, multimedia, and participation with K-12 classroom activities and seismology in schools for schools that currently operate seismographs. Multimedia supplies images, video, web and podcasts. A section, More Resources  provides downloadable posters, lithographs, fact sheets & stickers (English and Spanish), and a coloring sheet for younger students.

Participate features an interactive 3D InSight lander to explore. STEM lessons and activities are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Exploring the Colors of Mars is a lesson for grades 2-5. Students examine images to learn about color variation on Mars and then use glue and powdered minerals to color a line drawing. Slide show and coloring sheet are provided. Planetary (Egg) Wobble and Newton’s First Law is a lesson for grades 3-8. To understand how scientists determine if the center of a planet center is liquid or solid, students observe spinning raw and hard-boiled eggs. Pi in the Sky 5  is a problem set for grades 6-12. Students use pi to solve four real-world science and engineering problems.


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