Welcome to Earth and Mars

Initial Publication Date: October 23, 2012


This introduction will expose students to Mars imaging software platforms so that students may become familiar with their navigation and imagery products.

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Learning Goals

Students will be able to:
  • Navigate and use both Google Mars and JMARS.
  • Become familiar with imagery collections available via the above software programs such as: HiRISE, CRISM, and THEMIS.

Context for Use

This learning module is meant for adaptation in an introductory earth science course and/or planetary science course. The In-Class Activities can be easily adapted for homework when desired.

Description and Teaching Materials

Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework

In-Class Activity


Teaching Notes and Tips

  • Before assigning Homework 1 or 2 spend some time exploring both Google Mars and JMARS with the students for a "first pass" exposure.


Methods of assessment are within each individual In-Class Activity and Homework.

References and Resources

  1. Image File: Welcome to Earth and Mars (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.2MB Mar13 14)
  2. JMARS Website: http://jmars.asu.edu/
  3. Google Earth Free download: http://www.google.com/earth/index.html