Rover x 3: Student Questions Sought for Web Chat
This is a feature from the NASA/JPL Education Office.
01.06.11 -- January is a great month to talk to students about rovers and robotics. Seven years ago, in January 2004, the rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars. This month, engineers and technicians at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory continue to put finishing touches on the rovers' successor, the Mars Science Laboratory.
JPL's Education Office is hosting a 30-minute live video chat about the rovers on Thursday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. An Education Office host will pose pre-submitted student questions to our guest. We are currently seeking student questions about the rovers or Mars exploration from up to six classrooms or educational groups. Educators interested in submitting student questions should send an email as soon as possible to jplspaceeducation@xxxxxxxxx to express their interest. Classrooms will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Selected educators must email at least three questions composed by their classes by Thursday, Jan. 20.
The live chat will be online at http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2 . It will be archived on the same website after the program.
Our guest will be NASA/JPL engineer Nagin Cox. Nagin is currently on the mission operations team for the Mars Science Laboratory. She was the Deputy Team Chief of the Spacecraft/Rover Engineering Flight Team for Spirit and Opportunity. In addition, Nagin spent most of 2010 looking into a future Mars mission.
Technical requirements: To watch the live or archived chat, classrooms must be able to view the live video on JPL's Ustream page at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasajpl. It is not necessary for classrooms to use the Ustream chat functionality.
More information about the Mars Science Laboratory can be found at http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ . Highlights of the rover can be found at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-302 .
Information about Spirit and Opportunity can be found online at http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html .
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