Sunset Heights Elementary School

Thanks to JPL Solar System Ambassador Dr. Baron Summers, we were invited to bring the map to Sunset Heights Elementary School in Peoria, AZ on March 8th, 2019. The school's 6th, 7th and 8th grade students had the opportunity to take a tour of Mars and learn about the history of robotic surface exploration. Because so many of the teachers were interested in bringing their classes, during some periods we had to run two class tours simultaneously, and then both classes participated in a joint version of the Landing Site Scavenger Hunt. This  worked amazingly well, particularly because the teachers reviewed the "Introduction to Mars" presentation with students before they came, which allowed us to spend less time explaining the basics of the Mars and more time exploring it as part of the scavenger hunt. 

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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.