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Mars Rover: How a Self-Portrait Captured the Power of Curiosity
Mars Rover: How a Self-Portrait Captured the Power of Curiosity
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Mars Rover: How a Self-Portrait Captured the Power of Curiosity

Weighing as much as a small car, a rover named Curiosity rolls quietly around Mars. Scientific instruments pack its body and cluster at the end of a mechanical arm. An arrangement of lenses and instruments tops its mast, like a face. To the many NASA workers involved in Curiosity's mission on Mars, the rover is not simply a robot, but an astronaut bravely exploring an alien place. Curiosity's instruments collect data and its cameras take images of the Mars landscape, including self-portraits, in vivid color and detail. As it roams and explores, Curiosity will help find the answers to such age-old questions as has there ever been life on Mars? Could there be one day?

Lexile Level1060L
Text TypeNarrative Nonfiction
Text SubtypeCause & Effect
SubjectTechnology, Space Science
Page Count64
SeriesCaptured Science History

Danielle Smith-Llera

Danielle Smith-Llera

Danielle Smith-Llera’s former life as a teacher led her to write books for young people. She has taught literature, writing, history, and visual arts to students ranging from elementary school to college. Danielle studied English and Visual Arts at Harvard University and exhibits her artwork internationally. As the spouse of a diplomat, she and her family have lived in Washington D.C., New Delhi, India and Kingston, Jamaica.

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