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Fly in 3D over the Valles Marineris Canyon on Mars (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)
This interactive activity lets you explore the Valles Marineris canyon (the size of the US) and a piece of it called the Candor Chasm. Using a 3D model of Mars' surface created using data from orbiting spacecraft, you can examine the surface from a distance, changing lighting to enhance features, and fly over the surface, looking for markers hidden in the terrain. Informative feedback makes the exercise educational as well as fun.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
Shockwave player
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2003, MarsQuest Online
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-003
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'MarsQuest Online'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: Daniel Barstow
TERC, Center for Earth and Space Science Education