Imaging Mars at High Resolution

Activity Book

Grades 9-14


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Student Activities:


The full activity book for students (49 pgs, 3.4 Mb)


Download individual sections of the book:


Introduction (10 pgs, 464 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! (14 pgs, 708 Kb)

This activity introduces the idea of resolution, how to calculate resolution, and binning.


Activity 2: Past Missions and Regions of Mars (9 pgs, 1.6 Mb)

This activity teaches students the geography of Mars, about previous missions to Mars, and the tradeoffs between context images and high-resolution images.


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, 412 Kb)

Maze, crossword puzzle, wordsearch.




Teacher's guide:


The full teacher's guide (34 pgs, 3.2 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, 1.9 Mb)


3. National Science Standards (2 pgs, 40 Kb)

Gives the National Science Standards met by this book.


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