Countdown To Mars!

Do you remember where you were on August 6, 2012? That was the day NASA landed the Curiosity rover on Mars. Curiosity was meant to explore the Red Planet for a two year mission, but is still active today and has sent countless photographs and scientific readings that help us to understand Mars.

On Thursday, Curiosity will be joined by a new rover: Perseverance (or “Percy” for short). The landing is scheduled to take place at approximately 1pm MST, with livestream content beginning at 12:15pm EST. Read on to find out about online resources, where to watch the landing, and how to get involved.


NASA has put together a robust website full of resources. Here are a few of the highlights:

There’s even more to explore on the Mars 2020 website including a Mars photo booth and a mission timeline. Check it out!


There are some excellent lesson plans on the FREE Mizzen Education afterschool app related to Mars, the Solar System, and space travel. Here are just a few examples of the wonderful activities available:

  • Mission to Mars
  • Solar System Bead Activity
  • Exploring the Colors of Mars
  • Design a Crew Module


New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

Krispy Kreme will have a limited edition Mars doughnut on THURSDAY ONLY!