|Investigating the Dynamic Martian Polar Caps|
In this activity, students download NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST) images of the Martian polar ice caps in summer and winter. Using image processing techniques, students measure and compare various images of the changing Martian and Earth polar ice caps. By completing this activity, they will understand that the sizes of the polar ice caps on Earth and Mars depend on the lengths of the seasons. Additionally, students will compare the changing sizes of ice caps on Earth and Mars using the tilt of the axis of rotation, the time to complete an orbit (one year), and the time for one rotation about the axis (one day).
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Site requires image processing software for MAC or PC. It uses NIH Image and ImageJ with links to download these programs. Site also suggests that you download GIF Converter 2.4.5d5. This is an experimental release, and may pose some problems with existing software on computers There are also video clips which require Quicktime, mpg or anim GIF to run. Links are provided to these areas. Assessment Strategies subheading after lesson 4 is really a hot link to the strategies and some prepared student worksheets.
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DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-290
This resource is referenced by 'Center for Educational Resources (CERES) Project'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Principal Investigator: George Tuthill
Montana State University