Kids, Blast Off on Red Planet Day

Celebrate Mars on November 28, Red Planet Day! This nearby planet has captured scientists’ imaginations for years. After viewing Mars through a telescope in 1877, astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli thought the dark, straight lines he saw could have been canals built by extraterrestrials.

Using improved research skills, we later learned this planet is not populated by little green men. However, now we envision going there ourselves. Elon Musk, co-founder and leader of SpaceX, thinks we can do this in 10 to 20 years.

Would you like to visit Mars? Let’s explore this other world through reading.

Welcome to Mars: One of the world’s most recognized astronauts, Buzz Aldrin, shares how a new life on Mars could become a reality. 

Mars or Bust: NASA wants to use the Orion module to go beyond low earth orbit (LOE), with the intent of someday sending humans to Mars.

Curiosity: The Curiosity Rover uses her own words to describe her exploration of Mars.

Mars: Find out about the bizarre weather, brave robots and plans for human habitation on this fascinating planet.

Life on Mars: This picture book features a young explorer who mistakenly thinks he is all alone on the Red Planet.

CatStronauts: These catstronauts want to beat out their competitors to be the first cats to go to Mars. Read this to see if they can win the race!

What's your favorite book about Mars?

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