What will you be doing at 1:31 a.m. this August 6? Scientists at NASA will be landing the Mars Science Lab, a 2.5 billion dollar car-sized nuclear-powered rover, on the surface of Mars! Fortunately, everyone can watch the progress of the MSL online at www.nasa.gov
Mars is the most likely planet for human exploration. It’s hoped that the information we’ll learn from this mission will lead to people living on the Red Planet in a few decades.
This summer, young people in Mount Dora, Paisley, Clermont and Fruitland Park worked with Youth Services Coordinator Linda Goff building small 3-D models of Mars biodomes using “found objects”. Old CDs represented communication satellites, empty plastic bottles became storage for recycled water, Styrofoam trays and green chenille stems were envisioned as gardens to grow food.
The Mars Program was great fun while learning what it would take for humans to live in the hostile environment of the planet Mars, a 9-month trip from Earth. Each 3-D model was given a name by its builders. One inventive group named their biodome W.A.L.O.M. (We All Live On Mars).
Ms. Goff was one of 50 librarians chosen nationwide to participate in the November 22 – 23, 2011 “Countdown to Curiosity Workshop” presented by the Lunar and Planetary Institute. She learned how to present fun, educational programs about the fascinating planet of Mars in addition to viewing the November 25 launch from Kennedy Space Center.