Mars Curiosity Rover
Summary Essay: To help focus your research for this assignment and to demonstrate a clear knowledge of the material, you will submit a summary report (800-1000 words) and upload it to Blackboard. Your summary will briefly discuss the mission and address the 5 key points. The summary will include a list of citations at the end (at least two total, with one being the main website for the mission). You may include images with captions in your summary. The summary must be in your own words – do not cut and paste material from websites. You will submit the assignment on Blackboard as a Word document or a PDF. SafeAssign will report a “score” that gives the percentage of the document that matches other sources; if the score is greater than 30%, you must edit and resubmit your paper. I will examine these reports during grading, and if I judge that you have copied text from one or more of your sources, even if your overall score is below 30%, I will be required to take action under the college’s academic integrity guidelines. When preparing your presentation material, be sure to allow yourself enough time to create good slides. Preparing high-quality slides can be extremely time consuming, even if you are intimately familiar with the relevant material. Your presentation should last 4-5 minutes, followed by 1-2 minutes for questions. In your paper and in your presentation, you will address the following points: 1. the purpose and goals of the mission 2. proposed date (or launch date if already achieved) 3. instrumentation & methods 4. expected science return (data and analysis) 5. summary of the status of the mission Your presentation should address these points from a critical perspective. o For example, when and why were the mission planned, and how has design proceeded since that point? You want to clearly delineate the key steps that went into developing the mission. o What is the hypothesis (or hypotheses) that the mission is testing? o How do the spacecraft’s instruments support the mission objectives? o Does the evidence support the hypothesis? o Does this mission follow-up any other missions, or is it the first of its kind? Your presentation should be logically developed and flow smoothly. o When you are delivering your mission report, imagine that your audience is hearing about this mission for the first time; o Think about what you consider to be a great podcast. That will give you an idea about how you should address your subject to your audience. o Do not use technical words that you don’t understand. o If something is not clear, check with your instructor – you want the presentation to be both clear and factually correct. o The goal is to have the listener come away having learned some interesting facts about the mission that you reported on.