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Curiosity launch


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This NASA footage shows the Atlas V rocket launching the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover).


Instructor Note

When teaching with this video, direct students to the student video library, which provides student access to all videos without links to instructor materials and solutions.

Three file formats are available to work with this video. For analysis, frame-by-frame viewing is needed.

DMV player of Curiosity Launch

download (Quicktime Video 12.2MB Feb16 14)
YouTube (does not allow frame-by-frame viewing)

Teaching Materials

A classroom-ready activity sheet with solutions is available here

Sample questions:

How long does the rocket take to go the first 100 m?

How fast is the rocket going when it reaches 100 m if its acceleration is constant?

Can you determine the acceleration of the rocket using the information from this video?