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Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston






Space Center Houston https://spacecenter.org
Gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center

Space Center Houston to Remain Closed Until Feb. 20 https://spacecenter.org/space-center-houston-to-remain-closed-until-feb-20/
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<p class=”lead”>Space Center Houston will remain closed on Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19 to protect the safety of its guests and workers due to the impact of the winter weather in the area. The center plans to reopen at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. However, it is monitoring weather conditions and will announce any further changes needed to its re-opening date and operating hours on spacecenter.org and on the center’s social media pages.</p>
<p>The planned live viewing at Space Center Houston of the landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars schedule for Thursday, Feb. 18, has been canceled, but we encourage people to <a href=”https://spacecenter.org/perseverance-rover-landing-on-mars-this-month/”>watch the landing virtually on NASA TV</a>. The program will begin at 1:15 p.m. Thursday afternoon, with the landing anticipated at 2:55 p.m.</p>
<p>The <a href=”https://spacecenter.org/event/home-school-day/”>Home School Day</a> that was scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19 will be rescheduled for another date to be announced soon. Ticket holders for that Homeschool Day will be notified of their options and the new date as soon as it is available.</p>
<p>Participants registered in activities that were postponed due to the closure will be contacted with rescheduling information. </p>
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Solving Space: Perseverance Getting Close! https://spacecenter.org/solving-space-perseverance-getting-close/
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<p class=”lead”><span>After nearly 300 million miles (470 million km), NASA’s Perseverance rover completes its journey to Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. But, to reach the surface of the Red Planet, it has to survive the harrowing final phase known as Entry, Descent, and Landing. Solve space by unscrambling an illustration of its landing!</span></p>
<p><strong><span>Learn More About It </span></strong></p>
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<li><span>Perseverance will land in Jezero Crater, a place that holds promise for finding evidence of past microbial life.</span></li>
<li><span>Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) is the shortest and most intense phase of the mission. In the seven-minute trip from the top of the atmosphere to the surface of Mars, hundreds of critical events must execute perfectly for a safe touchdown.</span></li>
<li><span>To safely go from 12,500 miles per hour (20,000 kilometers per hour) down to zero, in that short amount of time, while hitting a narrow target on the surface, requires “slamming on the brakes” in a very careful, creative, and challenging way.</span></li>
<li><span>During the landing, it takes more than 11 minutes to get a radio signal back from Mars, so by the time the mission team hears that the spacecraft has entered the atmosphere, in reality, the rover is already on the ground. </span></li>
<li><span>Perseverance is designed to complete the entire EDL process by itself – autonomously.</span></li>
<li><span>Perseverance is the most capable rover ever sent to the Red Planet. With seven science instruments, 23 cameras, and two microphones, this rover will gather more information than ever before about Mars!</span></li>
<li><span>Enjoy more <a href=”https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/timeline/landing/entry-descent-landing/”>facts about Perseverance entry, descent, and landing</a>.&nbsp;</span></li>
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<p><strong><span>Experience More</span></strong></p>
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<li><span>Experience life on Mars through our <a href=”https://spacecenter.org/exhibits-and-experiences/mission-mars/”>Mission Mars exhibit.</a></span></li>
<li><span>The landing is currently scheduled for 2:55 pm CT on Feb. 18. Watch the event live at Space Center Houston or on <a href=”https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive”>NASA TV</a>.</span></li>
<li><span>Watch our <a href=”https://spacecenter.org/event/thought-leader-series/”>January Thought Leader Series</a>, presented by The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), “Exploring the Mars Perseverance Rover.”</span></li>
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<h2><strong>Watch Perseverance land live!</strong></h2>
<p>Watch the landing live at Space Center Houston Feb. 18. Live coverage beings at 1:15 p.m., and the landing is currently scheduled for 2:55 p.m. CT. Once at the top of the red planet’s atmosphere, watch an action-packed seven minutes of descent – complete with temperatures equivalent to the surface of the Sun. See a supersonic parachute inflation, and the first ever autonomous guided landing on Mars.</p>
<p>Learn about this innovative Mars mission from our space experts and in our Pop Up Science Labs. Find out about Ingenuity, the helicopter accompanying Perseverance. Explore Martian geology and see how different rock and soil samples react to UV light to learn about our search for life on the red plant.</p>
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Monthly Quiz: Perseverance https://spacecenter.org/monthly-quiz-perseverance/
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<p class=”lead”>This month’s quiz is all about Perseverance, NASA’s fifth Martian rover, which will land on the red planet later this week for the Mars 2020 mission. How much do you know about this mission? Take the quiz and find out!</p>
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<h4>What day is Perseverance scheduled to land on Mars? </h4>
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<label class=”wq_answerTxtCtr”>Feb. 18</label>
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<label class=”wq_answerTxtCtr”>Feb. 19</label>
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<p class=”wq-explanation-text wq_QuestionExplanationText”>Perseverance is currently scheduled to land on Mars at 2:55 pm CT on Feb. 18. You can catch live coverage of the landing at Space Center Houston or tune into NASA TV. </p>
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<h4>Which of the following is a key objective of the Mars 2020 mission? </h4>
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<label class=”wq_answerTxtCtr”>Demonstrate the viability of technologies which will ultimately pave the way for future human exploration beyond the Moon</label>
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<p class=”wq-explanation-text wq_QuestionExplanationText”>The Perseverance rover has many objectives, including to search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the Martian climate and geology, and demonstrate the viability of technologies that will help humankind live and work on planets other than our own, paving the way for future human exploration beyond the Moon. </p>
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<h4>True or false? Perseverance is the largest rover NASA has ever sent to the red planet. </h4>
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<p class=”wq-explanation-text wq_QuestionExplanationText”>True. The six-wheeled, car-sized Perseverance is NASA’s fifth Martian rover and is by far the largest and heaviest NASA has constructed so far.</p>
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<h4>How many cameras are on Perseverance? </h4>
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<p class=”wq-explanation-text wq_QuestionExplanationText”>The Mars 2020 mission is carrying 25 cameras to Mars (19 of which are on Perseverance), the most to be flown for a planetary mission.</p>
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<h4>True or false? Perseverance was named by seventh grader Alex Mather.</h4>
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<p class=”wq-explanation-text wq_QuestionExplanationText”>True. The name Perseverance, submitted by seventh grader Alex Mather from Springfield, Virginia, was selected from among 28,000 entries from across the United States spanning grades K-12 in the “Name the Rover” contest put on by NASA. </p>
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<h4>Where is the rover set to touchdown on Mars? </h4>
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<label class=”wq_answerTxtCtr”>Gale Crater</label>
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<label class=”wq_answerTxtCtr”>None of the above </label>
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<p class=”wq-explanation-text wq_QuestionExplanationText”>Perseverance is set to touchdown in Jezero Crater on Mars on Feb. 18. </p>
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<h4>What is Ingenuity? </h4>
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<p class=”wq-explanation-text wq_QuestionExplanationText”>The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration hitching a ride to Mars underneath Perseverance. It will attempt to become the first aircraft to achieve controlled flight on another planet!</p>
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<h4>Approximately how many names are on the three silicon chips Perseverance is carrying to Mars?</h4>
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<p class=”wq-explanation-text wq_QuestionExplanationText”>The names of roughly 10.9 million people from all over the world are traveling to Mars on the Perseverance rover. The names were submitted through the “Send Your Name to Mars” campaign which ran from May through September 2019. Perseverance is also carrying the essays of the 155 finalists from NASA’s “Name the Rover” contest on the small chips. </p>
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<p>So close! </p>

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