Lunar and Planetary Science Conference - 2018

On Mar 21st, 2018 we visited the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, TX. Over 350 planetary scientists from around the world were able to walk on the map. They took selfies with the regions of Mars they have studied, tried to complete the Mars Landing Site Scavenger Hunt (particularly for the missions they had worked on!), and a few even started a game of Mars geomorphology twister!


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.