Ss. Simon and Jude Elementary School

On Feb 24th, 2018 we visited Ss. Simon and Jude Elementary School in Phoenix, AZ. Over 225 students and teachers from Grades 4, 6, 7 & 8 got to walk on the map during their science classes, participated in the Mars Landing Site Scavenger Hunt, and took pictures of the map they found interesting for a follow-up writing assignment from them teachers.


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.