From October 4-10, join the United Nations and people all over the planet to celebrate the world's largest space event, World Space Week. This year's theme of “Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth" focuses on the exploration of a new planetary frontier and what that means for humanity. Take your class on a trip into outer space with our Celebrating Space Exploration collection. Learn about satellite orbits and gravitational force, organize a mission to Mercury, and discover different careers in space science. Find more ideas and resources in this Thinkfinity discussion about kids' fascination with outer space.
Then take a closer look at the Red Planet and how we're studying it with information on the Phoenix Mars lander, the Curiosity rover and its landing. Think about what it would take to build a hotel for travelers headed to Mars and hear about a crew of six volunteers that embarked on a simulated, 520-day Mars mission. What does Buzz Aldrin think about a mission to Mars? Watch this AAAS ScienceLive chat from the summer to find out.