mission to mars

Mission to Mars (2000)


Concept featured in film: Mars; atmosphere

Location of clip: DVD: 0:48:08 - 0:49:42


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Summary of clip: The space ship is preparing to enter Mars' atmosphere. In order not to disintegrate it must make sure its angle of insertion is correct.

Connection of flick to concept: In a unit about space exploration, students can watch this clip that depicts a difficult aspect of the astronauts job. This could also be tied to a unit about the atmosphere and how it protects a planet by burning up meteors and other objects.

Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Why does the angle of insertion have to be perfect? What will happen if the angle is too steep? Too shallow?

b. If you focus on space exploration: What other obstacles do people involved in space exploration need to overcome? How easy/difficult is it to explore in space?

c. If you focus about the atmosphere: What is it about the atmosphere that causes this phenomenon? How would Mars' atmosphere differ from Earth's? Besides the astronauts, what else is affected by this atmospheric property?

2. As an additional activity you could design a simulation where the students plan a trip to Mars. Working in groups they could plan the trip and become the astronauts who go to Mars.