â€œThe trip was really inspiring way above expectations. I enjoyed the chance to see where they work, and the 2020 rover was a memory I will never forget.â€
â€œIt really re-awoke the third grade Nolan in me. The rover around Saturn replica was cool to see, it was a great experience, and Iâ€™m so glad I got the opportunity to go.â€
These are the words Josh and Nolan stated about our class trip to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). JPL was a fun and interesting experience, and in our tour we got to learn and see things that weâ€™ve never seen before.
First off, we saw a video that was amazing to watch. This video showed us the gigantic size of the whole universe and taught us that most of it hasnâ€™t been explored. It also showed some satellites and spacecraft that were launched into space, and we were able to look at smaller scaled models of these around the room.
|Our host shows the various scale models of historical space probes|
Next, we got to see the control room, which was full of screens and numbers. This is the room where they gather information from every spacecraft, rover, and satellite. It is also the place from which they controlled the landing of the Mars rover, Curiosity, in 2012â€”which we learned was a really terrifying seven minutes for these hard workers!
After that, we got to see the construction of the 2020 Mars rover. Amazing! We learned that anyone that is eighteen or under can get their name applied on the 2020 rover.
|The rover being constructed inside a “clean room”|