Not sure if you know this or not…I’m not really even sure if this is big news out there…but around here, the Mars Rover, Curiosity, and it’s mission to Mars, is pretty much all one of us talks about. It started a few weeks ago when Dave showed Andrew two videos on You Tube (this one and this one) and that was it. Andrew was a goner. He printed out photos to bring to his class. He drew diagrams of the landing sequence Curiosity needs to execute to safely land on Mars. He’s made two rover models out of cardboard boxes. And he uses the “Choice Time” he earns at the end of each day to watch more Curiosity videos (that time used to be savored for playing video games). He talks about Curiosity like it’s a person, a family member, a friend. It’s pretty stinkin’ cute, if you ask me.
Curiosity is scheduled to land on August 5th in the middle of the night. And we’ve decided to just go ahead and celebrate. Why not? And, around here, in order to properly celebrate something…you clearly need a banner to set the mood.
I wasn’t really sure how we’d make a Curiosity banner, but as soon as I started cutting triangles from cardstock, Andrew started recording the steps to the landing sequence on each one. The landing sequence is pretty amazing…you might want to check out the video on YouTube to see for yourself. And once I saw what he was doing, I decided to make a countdown section with orange cardstock and some fancy space travel stickers I have. (What?!? You don’t have fancy SPACE TRAVEL stickers?! Want some? Thought so.)
And there you have it! A Curiosity banner. :) We have more in store for our celebration, so stick around. And keep your fingers crossed that that rover doesn’t crash.