For this activity, students will be placed in the role of planetary scientists. Students will study images taken by NASA’s Mars Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera orbiting Mars. Students will use the THEMIS images to analyze the surface features and geological history of Mars. In this exciting 5E lesson set, students will interpret real NASA science data and discuss their findings. This lesson can also be a step towards the Mars Student Imaging Project that has students in grades 5-12 actually aim the THEMIS camera orbiting Mars and get their own picture to research! See Mars Student Imaging Project.
Download associated materials:
Teacher Guide - TG_MARS_IMAGE_ANALYSIS_12_2012.pdf
Student Guide - SG_MARS_IMAGE_ANALYSIS_12_2012.pdf
Supplemental Materials - SM_MARS_IMAGE_ANALYSIS_12_2012.pdf
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