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Exploring the Planets: Mars
Students will learn that Mars, and each planet in the solar system, is unique due to the materials from which it is made and the processes that shaped it. Images and information from Mars exploration voyages, including the Viking Mission in 1975, the Pathfinder Landing in 1997, the Mars Global Surveyor project, the Mars Odyssey and Mars Express spacecrafts, the Mars Exploration Rovers, and the Reconnaissance Orbiter are presented. Students will learn about Mars mean distance from Sun, length of year, rotation period, mean orbital velocity, inclination of axis, average temperature (day and night), diameter, inclination to ecliptic, and number of observed satellites. The seasons, volcanoes, canyons and plains, craters, water, wind patterns, and two moons of Mars are also discussed.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2002 National Air and Space Museum
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-006-020
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Objects in the sky
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local challenges
    • 5-8:
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in society
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Origin and evolution of the universe
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'Exploring the Planets Gallery'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Air and Space Museum