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The 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft and the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) have been acquiring infrared images of Mars for more than 16 years. The best-quality images from the mission have been compiled into a global mosaic at 100 m/pixel resolution and printed on a walkable basketball-court-sized vinyl mat to spread awareness and excitement about Mars exploration!

Homepage Background Image: Full-disk image of Mars with the Tharis volcanoes in the west and Valles Marineris in the east from the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Mars Color Camera (MCC). Image courtesy of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the Indian Space Science Data Center (ISSDC) and Emily Lakdawalla.

Bradshaw Mountain High School

Thanks to JPL Solar System Ambassador Brittany Hughes and Bradshaw Mountain Geoscience teacher Bob Supergan, we were invited to bring the map to Bradshaw Mountain High School in Prescott Valley, AZ. Since the school wanted all of their freshman geoscience classes to experience the map, we ended up scheduling this as our first 2-day event. Over November 8th-9th, 2018, all 12 freshman geoscience classes spent an entire 50-minute period touring the map and completing the Landing Site Scavenger Hunt as a group. Bradshaw Mountain HS was also kind enough to give our new teacher resources (located on our website under "Resources") a test run. Prior to visiting the map, the teachers reviewed our new "Introduction to Mars" powerpoint presentation with their students, who also filled out the associated "Introduction to Mars" worksheet. Then, during their time on the map, the students filled out our new "Walk on Mars" worksheet and turned it in to their teachers at the end of the period. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get photo releases in time, so the pictures below only show the map rolled out in the Auxiliary Gym. Hopefully we'll have the opportunity to return next year and take pictures showing next year's freshman geoscience students exploring the map!