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Internet Resources for Teaching About Mars

This collection of digital resources includes web sites useful for integrating Mars data into commonly taught undergraduate geoscience courses and for teaching planetary geology in general.

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Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) Science Investigation part of SERC Web Resource Collection

MOLA is an instrument orbiting Mars on the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft. It transmits infrared laser pulses in order to construct a precise topographic map of Mars.

Mars part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This section of the Windows to the Universe web site provides information and images about Mars including detailed information about this planet, space science, Martian atmosphere, Martian weather, ...

The NASA Haughton-Mars Project part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This international interdisciplinary field research project is centered on the scientific study of the Haughton impact structure and surrounding terrain, Devon Island, High Arctic, viewed as a ...

Your Planetary Protection Officer part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This is a brief article about John Rummel, NASA's Planetary Protection Officer. It explains the purpose of planetary protection (to prevent contamination of Earth by alien life forms and of space by ...

Mars Meteorite Compendium part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This extensive compilation of data from Martian meteorites is organized rock by rock, with a brief mention of each important paper according to subject (petrology, isotopes, etc.) Chemical and ...

Mars Meteorites part of SERC Web Resource Collection

Of the 24,000 or so meteorites that have been discovered on Earth, only 34 have been identified as originating from the planet Mars. This site from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory features a ...

The Chemical Composition of Martian Soil and Rocks Returned by the Mobile Alpha Proton X-ray Spectrometer: Preliminary Results from the X-ray Mode part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This article presents the chemical composition of six soils and five rocks at the Ares Vallis landing site obtained by the alpha proton x-ray spectrometer on board the rover of the Mars Pathfinder ...

Mineralogy and Geochemistry: Mars Pathfinder Science Results part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center features a geochemical analysis of rocks and soils on the surface of Mars using the rover's Alpha Proton X-Ray Spectrometer. Interestingly, these ...

The Daily Martian Weather Report part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This site from the Mars Global Surveyor Radio Science Team features the results of a detailed study of the Martian atmosphere in the form of a daily weather report and precise atmospheric ...

Recent Advances in Mars Tectonics part of SERC Web Resource Collection

This short article from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory features a pre-plate tectonic overview of the tectonic features and processes on Mars. The summary discusses how advances in knowledge expected ...