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Discoveries from Mars:
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Activities and Assignments Using Mars Data

These activities are examples of how faculty are using cutting edge Mars data in commonly taught geosciences courses. If you have an activity you would like to share with your colleagues, just go to the contribute form and tell us about it.


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Did it Rain on Mars? Analysis of Valley Networks on Mars in an Intro Geo Course part of Activities
Students investigate the question of whether it might have rained on Mars by doing an activity based on an article by Hynek and Phillips (2003). Students do a simple drainage basin analysis based on Hynek and ...

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Estimating Discharge from Ares Vallis Using Pathfinder Images and MOLA Topography part of Activities
Students use Pathfinder lander images and MOLA topography, in combination with tools including a Hjulstrom diagram, ternary plot and a simple Manning equation, to estimate the discharge through Ares Vallis on Mars ...

Mars Hydrologic Environments part of Activities
This activity examines the nature of streams and basins at three locations on Mars. Originally meant for users with access to ArcGIS, the exercise can also be used in introductory geology courses using images ...

MER (Mars Exploration Rover ) Landing Site Selection part of Activities
Via a jigsaw role-playing exercise in which students become geologists, astrobiologists and engineers, real data and available constrains are used to identify landing sites for the MER rovers. A debate format is ...