Mars Curiosity Rover, One Year Later, Fascinates Youth at a UNESCO Summer Academy of Learning in Romania

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - August 21, 2013
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 NASA's Ravi Prakash is introduced by Sorin Repanovici and Heather Caton of the World Genesis Foundation
Romanian students asking questions to Ravi Prakash about NASA's Mars Curiosity Program
NASA's Ravi Prakash joins World Genesis Foundation for UNESCO Youth Academy
Ravi Prakash sharing updates about what has been learned in the first year of Mars Curiosity's exploration of Mars
NASA's Ravi Prakash joins World Genesis Foundation for UNESCO Youth Academy
Ravi Prakash speaks with students about his new projects
NASA's Ravi Prakash joins World Genesis Foundation for UNESCO Youth Academy
Students listening to Ravi Prakash during evening program in outdoor amphitheater at Atlantykron 2013
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Where were you when Curiosity landed? It's a hot topic of discussion as people remember the dramatic, tension-filled landing of NASA's Curiosity rover and its Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft on Aug. 5, 2012 PDT (Aug. 6, 2012 EDT). It has been one year, what has been going on with Mars Curiosity? Well over 400 students, teachers and experts had the chance to find out when guest of the World Genesis Foundation, NASA Systems Engineers Ravi Prakash, joined the Atlantykron Summer academy for the second year. Along with Ravi Prakash was Romanian Cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu. The discussion sparked a lot of interest and questions.

An appropriate name, “Curiosity” for the rover. Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's "habitability." Participants had the chance to ask questions and learn what has been explored and discovered over the past year. One of the exciting things learned was Mars Curiosity has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life. We learned how time and distance plays into controlling the Rover and getting information. What the distance Mars Curiosity has traveled over the past year? Well only one and 1 ½ kilometers.

"It was so great to have Ravi back with us this year and he was definitely a highlight of the Academy. The discussion sparked so many questions, from everybody. Space exploration, brings out much wonder and attention, no matter what your age or experience so all eyes and ears were engaged with excitement,” said Heather Caton MSW, World Genesis Foundation President and CEO. So what is in the future for Mars Curiosity? Sorin Repanovici, Atlantykron coordinator and co-founder of World Genesis Foundation says, “We hope to stay connected and find out. There are so many things to be discovered and learned and we are happy to share this with youth and spark their curiosity.”

A movie made with Hazard-Avoidance Camera images from Curiosity's first year, titled "Twelve Months in Two Minutes," is available at

Links to video excerpts from these presentations and discussions can be found below.

The World Genesis Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization that was founded on November 30, 1999 and is dedicated to a vision and mission to "leave no child without hope for the future." Headquartered in Santa Fe, NM USA, the foundation supports activities worldwide to create educational, scientific and cultural opportunities for youth with a special focus in areas of the world where these opportunities are limited or do not exist.


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