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Remote Sensing Mars

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This learning module and related laboratory exercise exposes students to remote sensing techniques utilized on Mars.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

Context for Use

This learning module is meant for adaptation in an introductory earth science course and/or planetary science course. It is advised that the teacher compare Earth-based remote sensing instrumentation for context/reference such as LandSat 7.

Description and Teaching Materials

Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework

In-Class Activity


Teaching Notes and Tips


  1. The MOLA simulation Lab write-up will assess the student's understanding of the MOLA instrument and MOLA's utility.
  2. The Google Mars homework will assess whether or not students can successfully navigate the Google Mars software and begin to interpret the data provided by Google Mars.

References and Resources

  1. THEMIS images url:
  2. LANDSAT 7 images url:
  3. HiRISE 13 April 2011 YouTube video:
  4. MRO/HiRISE All HiClips revisited (Feb 2012) YouTube Video:
  5. MOLA images url:
  6. Ping-Pong Lab (NASA):