Mars InSight Mission

Mars Landing

InSight touched down on Mars at 11:52:59 a.m. PT (2:52:59 p.m. ET) on Nov. 26, 2018. The lander plunged through the thin Martian atmosphere, heatshield first, and used a parachute to slow down. It fired its retro rockets to slowly descend to the surface of Mars, and land on the smooth plains of Elysium Planitia.

Read more about the Entry, Descent, and Landing

STEM Connection

The landing of InSight was a major accomplishment for NASA! Make this event relevant to your students through a STEM activity. Have them design their own lander to carry and place an egg safely on a hard surface. 

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Landing a Space Probe or Rover Lesson Activity

Reading to Learn in Science (RTLS)

The mission of the RTLS project is to increase middle-level science content learning by improving students’ ability to interpret science texts. At the website, teachers can access a comprehensive collection of resources to help make that happen, including information about the pedagogical basis for emphasizing literacy development in science education, the unique challenges posed by science texts, and effective classroom strategies to use before, during, and after reading instruction to develop and enhance students’ disciplinary literacy.

Evolutionary Genealogy in the Classroom


Looking for a fresh approach to teaching evolution in middle and high school classrooms? Consider introducing the topic though evolutionary genealogy, or evogeneao. This “family centered” approach to teaching evolution centers on the premise that all living things on Earth are cousins. At the website, teachers can access resources to learn more about the topic and how to effectively present the concept in the classroom. The resources include explanatory text, an introductory video, a Tree of Life Explorer teaching tool, an evogeneao slideshow, and links to additional evolution materials and websites.

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