NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, Image: NASA

Video Conference: Australia to Mars. Dr Adrian Brown's role in the Mars 2020 mission. Free of charge

Duration: 50 minutes
24 August 2020, 10am to 11am Video Conference

Travelling at more than 50,000km per hour the Mars 2020 is currently hurtling toward the red planet with the most ambitious robotic explorer to date, Perseverance. When it arrives on 18 February 2021, it must survive ‘7 minutes of terror’ as it enters Mars’ thin atmosphere before being lowered by a sky crane to the cold apparently desolate surface. It will then begin to search for answers to the greatest question of all…are we alone?

How did the Australian Adrian Brown make his way from Melbourne to NASA as the Deputy Program Scientist for the Mars 2020 mission? What is the connection between the rocks of Mars and those of the Pilbara in Western Australia and how can our rocks help in the search for life on another planet? This mission is the first part of an ambitious plan to eventually bring samples from Mars back to Earth.

This FREE 50-minute presentation will be perfect for those students studying Earth and Space in upper primary. This ZOOM webinar will be hosted by the NSW Department of Education’s DART Connections and the Powerhouse Museum, part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

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Curriculum links:

Science and Technology K-6 

STAGE 2 Earth and Space 


A student: 

  1. questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations ST2-1WS-S 
  2. investigates regular changes caused by interactions between the Earth and the Sun, and changes to the Earth’s surface ST2-10ES-S 

Science and Technology K-6 

STAGE 3 Earth and Space 


A student: 

  1. plans and conducts scientific investigations to answer testable questions, and collects and summarises data to communicate conclusions ST3-1WS-S 
  2. explains regular events in the solar system and geological events on the Earth’s surface 

Science and Technology K-6 

STAGE 2 Digital Technologies

ST2-11DI-T  Describes how digital systems represent and transmit data

ST2-3DP-T  Defines problems, describes and follows algorithms to develop solutions


Science and Technology K-6 

STAGE 3 Digital Technologies

ST3-11DI-T  Plans and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

ST3-2DP-T  Explains how digital systems represent data, connect together to form networks and transmit data 

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