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View Resource Buried Water Ice on Mars

In 2001, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft discovered significant amounts of water ice buried in the high latitude regions of Mars. This exciting discovery, based upon data from the Mars Gamma Ray Spectrometer, helped motivate the development of the Mars Phoenix Lander mission, which will arrive in the Martian arctic in 2008 to investigate this buried water ice. The product includes five classroom...

View Resource Planet Size Comparison

This interactive feature lets students compare the sizes of the planets in our solar system. Users can select two solar system bodies (planets, Sun, Earth's moon) and view side-by-side images at the same scale, along with their diameters in kilometers or miles, and a ratio. Science NetLinks is part of MarcoPolo, a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and eight premier educational...

View Resource Mars Dead or Alive: Mars Up Close

Since landing on Mars in January 2004, Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rovers, have helped scientists learn an amazing amount about the red planet. The sophisticated rovers far exceeded expectations with the geological clues they have dug up about the planet's past. In this video tour of the rover landing sites, the mission's principal science investigator, Steve Squyres, describes...

View Resource Sun-Earth Viewer

The Sun-Earth Media Viewer is a Flash-based interactive tool kit. The viewer allows users to watch real-time NASA satellite images of the Sun and the Earth. The materials are updated on a regular basis, and viewing the transformations of both the Earth and Moon over time is quite amazing. A thumbnail viewer lets visitors explore and compare solar and terrestrial data from a variety of NASA...

View Resource Marsbound! Mission to the Red Planet

In this activity, students are challenged to plan a mission to Mars and to design the spacecraft that will carry out their mission. The activity uses the collectible card game format to make it fun as well as educational. Teaching materials are available for download in PDF format.

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