Desert Mirage Elementary School (Grades 3, 4 & 5)

Thanks to JPL Solar System Ambassador Dr. Baron Summers, we were invited to bring the map back to Desert Mirage Elementary School in Glendale, AZ on February 21st, 2019. This time, all of the school's 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students had the opportunity to take a tour of Mars, see the landing site for the recent InSIGHT mission, and the landing site for the upcoming Mars 2020 rover. This was our first time trying the "Tour of Mars" activity with third graders and it went amazingly well! They were super enthusiastic about the chance to "walk on Mars" and asked some amazing questions about Martian geography and the future of Mars exploration!

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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.