Mars Timeline

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Educational Resources, Image Analysis, Theoretical/problem solving | By

I developed this image analysis activity for KS3-5 based on geology/geography for delivery on my Mars in a Box workshop – a Mars-related extension to the Solar System in a Box workshop.

In this activity students study real satellite images of the Mars surface – taken from Google Mars and ESA Mars Express.  Using these images students can unravel the sequence of geological events in two different Mars locations.

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This activity was developed with funding from a UKSA Space for All Grant 2012/2013

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Atmospheres: Earth vs. Mars

March 20, 2014 | Posted in Educational Resources, Theoretical/problem solving | By

I developed this theoretical activity based on KS4-5 chemistry, physics and maths for delivery on my Mars in a Box workshop – a Mars-related extension to the Solar System in a Box workshop.

In this activity students calculate the mass of the Earth and Mars atmosphere from first principles and go on to calculate the height of the Martian atmosphere.  The thickness of the Martian atmosphere is one of the reasons why it’s surface is scarred by numerous impact craters. Earth’s atmosphere is very thick, in excess of 700 km. It protects life on the surface from impact events and harmful radiation. Unlike the Earth, the Mars atmosphere it is too thin to ablate or destroy incoming asteroids and meteoroids.

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This activity was developed with funding from a UKSA Space for All Grant 2012/2013

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