Out of This World Things Named -
"CURIOSITY" (Go Figure!!!)
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission with the aim to land and operate a rover named Curiosity on the surface of Mars. The MSL was launched November 26, 2011, at 10:02 EST and is scheduled to land on Mars at Gale Crater between August 6 and 20, 2012.
The rover Curiosity, attempting a more precise landing than ever attempted previously, is intended to help assess Mars' habitability. Its primary mission objective is to determine whether Mars is or has ever been an environment able to support lifebut it will not look for any life itself. It is also intended to analyze samples scooped up from the soil and drilled from rocks.
Curiosity is five times as large, and carries more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments than the Mars Exploration Rovers Spiritor Opportunity did. The MSL rover Curiosity was launched by an Atlas V 541 rocket and is expected to operate for at least 686 days as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover.
Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of Mars, and the project is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of California Institute of Technology for NASA. The total cost of the MSL project is about US$2.5 billion.
On Saturday, November 5, the Curiosity Shoppe held our annual Harvest Festival. Although it was originally scheduled for October 29, Mother Nature decided to play a little trick on us, and dumped over 4 inches of snow onto our beautiful fall leaves. Despite the bad weather the week before, the weather was perfect on Saturday. Children and families were able to enjoy hay rides, inflatables, games, and yummy food!! Thank you to all our families who came out to celebrate the Harvest Season with us!
It's time for our monthly update. This month we will focus on our Babies/Young Toddlers Room and Enriched Kindergarten.
Babies- Miss Janice and Miss Maureen:
This month we will be reading Froggy Loves Books, I’m a Big Sister, Teletubbies – Go Po, and What’s Hiding Here? What’s in a Box? What’s Inside?. The children will find the answers to these questions by lifting the flaps. We will also discuss the different kinds of foods that are part of the Thanksgiving feast and what sounds the turkey makes. Gobble, Gobble! We are practicing the Attitude of Gratitude by focusing on our sign language and signing Please and Thank You! Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Enriched Kindergarten- Mr. Jeff, Miss Stephanie, and Miss Lois:October marked the changing of the season as we watched our trees transform from green to red, orange, and yellow, and felt the weather getting cooler. Don’t forget a jacket! We spent October learning about fall and why leaves change color. We learned about Colonial America, and the beginnings of our country. With November comes Thanksgiving! Our studies will focus on a tour of the States, Pilgrims, and all the things we are thankful for. We are looking forward to our Thanksgiving feast combined with Miss Danielle’s Kindergarten class. Happy Thanksgiving!
Don't forget to check out our pdf version of the complete November Newsletter!!