Thursday, September 06, 2012

Cosmic geography: essay on the Mars Rover story; 10 pts, due Sept 12-13

Mars Rovers by Idaho National Laboratory
Mars Rovers, a photo by Idaho National Laboratory on Flickr.

Answer the 12 questions in the Mars Rover study guide. Then compose a brief essay on the Mars rover using the questions as your outline.

- About 4 - 5 sentences, using examples (microbes) and detail (million-watt laser).
- Include "according to" with a source, such as or, in the first para.
- Clever title.

A visit to Mars
1. b 2. 13,000 mph 3. 10 4. T 5. T 6. B 7. H20 8. photo 9. T 10. F 11. T
12. Plutonium.

Mars in fiction:

The War of the Worlds (1898) by H. G. Wells. Features an attack on England by cephalothoracic Martians, and their later vulnerability to disease.

The Martian Chronicles (1950) by Ray Bradbury. Features human-like Martians with telepathic abilities. They have an advanced culture, but the human explorers are greeted with incomprehension and eventually the Martian civilisation is destroyed by human disease.