Some time in the next couple of weeks, our class is going to have a Skype session with Matt Heverly, an engineer from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, California. Matt is the guy who drives the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars. He also was a student at our school a long time ago.

We’ve been watching videos and reading articles about Matt and his work to prepare us for the Skype session. Here are some of the resources we’ve used:

A video interview with Sir Isaac Newton and Matt Heverly: http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=323748

Curiosity mission update from 2012, broadcast on C-SPAN: http://www.c-span.org/video/?307710-1/mars-curiosity-rover-mission-update

Article from New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/science/space/steering-a-rover-on-mars.html?_r=0

Matt’s professional profile page: http://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Matthew_Heverly/

How do rovers drive on Mars? http://youtu.be/_hN4XdS7NMY

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