Mars on the mind

If the recent news about the NASA Rover making tracks on Mars is inspiring interest in astronauts, the planets, or space, check out these great resources:

Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet
You are the First Kid on Mars
The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (Scientists in the Field Series)
I Want to be an Astronaut
There's No Place Like Space: All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

Young Adult/Adult:
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Ender's Game
The Martian Chronicles (the station where the NASA rover departed is named Bradbury Landing after Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and other sci-fi titles.)
The John Carter of Mars series
The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Five Years on Mars (National Geographic)
PBS Explorer Collection: Mars: The Red Planet
Apollo 13

And some facts about Mars:
  • Was discovered by the ancients, date unknown
  • Orbit size around the sun: 141,637,725 miles
  • Surface area: 55,742,106 square miles
  • Atmospheric Constituents: Carbon Dioxide, Nitrogen, Argon


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