Is There Life on Mars? Worksheet
1. What are we looking for on Mars?
2. Do you think there is life on Mars? Explain why or why not.
3. Do you think there is life on another planet or moon or in another solar system?
4. Do you think we’ll find evidence of life or actual living organisms sometime within
your generation? Explain.
5. What was the fate of the 1999 Mars polar lander mission?
6. What is the mission of the Phoenix mission?
7. What did the Viking mission accomplish—or not accomplish?
8. After Viking, what re-ignited the interest in life on Mars?
9. Why is NASA trying to “follow the water?” What does that mean?
10. In 2004, two NASA rovers successfully landed on Mars. What are their names?
11. It seems clear that water, at one time, did exist on Mars. Does that mean that there
12. As you’re watching the video, doesn’t it impress you at the technical abilities of the
Rovers!?! Imagine all the planning, testing, and FAILURES it took before NASA was
ready to send the Rovers to Mars! What is your thoughts? Please just give one reflection
as to what you’ve watched so far.
13. List at least THREE difficulties that the Rovers have had to overcome or endure
while exploring Mars.
14. What might have happened to the water on Mars?
15. What might have happened to Mars’ atmosphere?
16. How is Mars’ tilt different from Earth’s?
17. What is the Martian soil like?