Classroom Activities

Teachable Moments

NASA’s InSight Mars lander is designed to get the first in-depth look at the “heart” of Mars: its crust, mantle and core. It will be the Red Planet’s first thorough "checkup" since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. This mission will land on Mars on November 26, offering an opportunity to share teachable moments with students.

  • InSight's deployment sequence after landing is more like a marathon than a race. This makes for the perfect opportunity for students to follow along as the mission begins to send its first science data back to Earth.

  • InSight was the first interplanetary spacecraft to launch from the West Coast of the United States. Since it is small and relatively lightweight, its rocket could easily accommodate getting it into orbit without the help of Earth’s momentum.

Lessons, Activities and Workshops

  • Access InSight's lessons and activities on NASA JPL's Education website.

  • Access Mars lessons and activities on NASA JPL's Education website.

  • Launch rockets, build robots, explore your world and beyond! Our projects, toolkit and contests will take you into space without ever leaving Earth.

  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory hosts free workshops where educators can interact with mission team members and experts and find out how to bring NASA science into classrooms.

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