Imaging Mars at High Resolution

Activity Book

Grades 4-8


The activity books are available for you to download as PDFs.  You will need Adobe Reader to read the PDF. You can download Adobe Reader for free if you do not already have it.  You may choose to either download the entire book or just part of the book below.


Student Activity Book:


The full activity book for students (39 pgs, 2.8 Mb)


Download individual sections of the book:


Introduction (5 pgs, 276 Kb)

Cover pages, table of contents and brief introduction to how HiRISE works


Activity 1: Is it a bird, is it a plane?  I need more pixels! (12 pgs, 616 Kb)

This activity introduces the idea of resolution.


Activity 2: Past Missions and Regions of Mars (9 pgs, 1.3 Mb)

This activity teaches students the geography of Mars and about previous missions to Mars.


Activity 3: Geologic Features on Mars (5 pgs, 416 Kb)

This activity shows students images of different geologic features on Earth and then challenges them to do a scavenger hunt for similar features on Mars.


Activity 4: Suggest a target for HiRISE! (2 pgs, 48 Kb)

Guides students through the suggestion of a HiRISE target, to be done individually or as a class.


Activity 5: Martian Games (6 pgs, 752 Kb)

Maze, crossword puzzle, wordsearch and puzzles




Teacher's guide:


The full teacher's guide (35 pgs, 3.9 Mb)


Download individual sections of the book:


1. Introduction (18 pgs, 1.3 Mb)

Includes background information on Mars and HiRISE


2. Answers (14 pgs, 2.5 Mb)


3. National Science Standards (3 pgs, 40 Kb)

Gives the National Science Standards met by this book.


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