Mars Landing Site Scavenger Hunt
The Mars Landing Site Scavenger Hunt activity was developed to give participants a structured way to explore the map and learn about the history of Mars exploration with or without a tour guide. Information sheets were created for each of the 14 spacecraft that have landed on Mars, as well as the Mars 2020 rover mission that will launch in July 2020. The front side has information and pictures from the mission and the back side has a portion of the global map with the landing site in the center .
During public events, participants are given a binder with all 15 information sheets and are challenged to find each of the locations. During educational events, classes are broken into 15 groups and each group is given one landing site to find as well as a colored cone corresponding to the outcome of the mission (successful, failed, future). Once all the landing sites had been located, students are told to raise their hands based on their mission’s country of origin (USA,ESA, USSR), so they can see how many missions each country has sent. They are then asked to raise their hands based on the color of their cones, which is when they discover which missions succeeded and which missions failed. The students are then asked to gather around the “future mission” cone and are given a short introduction to the upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission.