Mesquite High School - Space Night

Thanks to JPL Solar System Ambassador Suzan Bawolek, we were invited to bring the "Walk on Mars" map to Mesquite High School's annual Space Night in Gilbert, AZ on February 9th, 2018. We had over 300 participants of all ages explore the map with our Mars Geography scavenger hunt, and a few were even able to complete the much harder Mars Landing Site scavenger hunt, which has been updated to include the landing site for NASA's upcoming Mars2020 rover! We couldn't have done it without the help of the Mesquite HS student volunteers, who helped us roll out the map, get people started on the scavenger hunts, and pack up the map at the end of the night.

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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.