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Mars rover piques preschoolers' curiosity

Posted: May 9, 2013 12:36 p.m.
Updated: May 9, 2013 12:36 p.m.
Chloe Judd, 5, center, reacts as Dennis Young, lead resource analyst on the Mars Science Laboratory, top left, guides a rover over her and fellow preschoolers to demonstrate how a rover navigates over rocks on Mars. Chloe Judd, 5, center, reacts as Dennis Young, lead resource analyst on the Mars Science Laboratory, top left, guides a rover over her and fellow preschoolers to demonstrate how a rover navigates over rocks on Mars.
Chloe Judd, 5, center, reacts as Dennis Young, lead resource analyst on the Mars Science Laboratory, top left, guides a rover over her and fellow preschoolers to demonstrate how a rover navigates over rocks on Mars.
Jaxon Sigmen, 5, takes a look at a panoramic photo of the Mars landscape through 3-D glasses. Jaxon Sigmen, 5, takes a look at a panoramic photo of the Mars landscape through 3-D glasses.
Jaxon Sigmen, 5, takes a look at a panoramic photo of the Mars landscape through 3-D glasses.
Madelyn Young, 4, standing left, and her father Dennis Young control a miniature rover over parent volunteers to demonstrate how a rover navigates over rocks on Mars. Madelyn Young, 4, standing left, and her father Dennis Young control a miniature rover over parent volunteers to demonstrate how a rover navigates over rocks on Mars.
Madelyn Young, 4, standing left, and her father Dennis Young control a miniature rover over parent volunteers to demonstrate how a rover navigates over rocks on Mars.
From left, Matthew Albin, 4, Justin Yamamoto, 3, and Hannah Langan, 3, laugh as a minature rover rolls over them in a demonstration of how the Mars rover Curiosity navigate over rocks on Mars. From left, Matthew Albin, 4, Justin Yamamoto, 3, and Hannah Langan, 3, laugh as a minature rover rolls over them in a demonstration of how the Mars rover Curiosity navigate over rocks on Mars.
From left, Matthew Albin, 4, Justin Yamamoto, 3, and Hannah Langan, 3, laugh as a minature rover rolls over them in a demonstration of how the Mars rover Curiosity navigate over rocks on Mars.
Jack Booth, left, and Allyson London, both 5, look at a panorama of the Mars landscape through 3-D glasses. Jack Booth, left, and Allyson London, both 5, look at a panorama of the Mars landscape through 3-D glasses.
Jack Booth, left, and Allyson London, both 5, look at a panorama of the Mars landscape through 3-D glasses.
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Dennis Young, of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, brought a minature rover as part of JPL's education and public outreach program to Christ Lutheran Preschool in Valencia on Tuesday. The presentation, organized by preschool director Chris Porrazzo, included a life-size model of the rover Curiosity and a three-dimensional look at the Mars landscape.

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