Countdown to Mars – Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: The Mars 2020 mission is on the mind of Raymond, E. Arvidson, PhD, during the countdown to the launch of the Perseverance Rover. The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key astrobiology questions about the potential for life on Mars.

Type of Video: Story*
Unique Video ID: Space-14**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video with an activity that takes students to Mars. Follow the work of the Mars Rovers on the NASA website. Research what the rovers have discovered. What are our prospects for ever taking humans to Mars? ?
  • Prior to viewing the video have students brainstorm various challenges in getting a spacecraft to Mars. How would they overcome them? How are the challenges being overcome with the Mars Rover projects?


*Story videos employ a narrative form to highlight a topic, location, or practitioner in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.