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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.

Resources

Click on the pictures below to see the educational activities we use at Walk on Mars events! 

Click on the file below to download our "Introduction to Mars" presentation, which teachers can share with their students before we bring the map to their schools.

Click on the files below to download our worksheets, which teachers can give to students after viewing the "Introduction to Mars" presentation or while exploring the map with the help of one of our "Martian Tour Guide". (Teachers, we have answer keys available for each worksheet. Contact us directly and we would be happy to send them to you.)