Remote Sensing: Activity – Science S1

Remote Sensing: Activity – Science S1 card front

Activity Timing

5 min. Introduction
10 min. Questions
15 min. Introduce Challenge
10 min. Explore Data
10 min. Reflect

55 min. Total

Prep Reminder

The Educator Guide has a script, materials list, and prep directions. Be sure to have it open and ready to help guide you through every activity.

  • Read through the entire PLANETS Science Series guide.
  • Print or copy Science Notebooks, one for each youth.
  • Print or copy, and staple Data Packets, Landforms Glossary, and Mineral Data Sheets, in the guide (color if possible), one for each group.
  • Print or copy Landing Ellipses and cut out for each group.

Key Terms

Data: Information that is collected through scientific investigation

Evidence: Information or data that supports an idea, claim, or belief

Remote Sensing Vocab List

Remote Sensing FAQs

S1 Purpose

Introduces youth to the idea that NASA scientists are interested in finding evidence of past water on Mars that would indicate habitability. Challenges youth to select one of four landing sites for a rover by examining high resolution images of landforms on Mars.

Quick Tips

  • The Viking, HiRISE, and CTX images are at different scales. The ellipses are to be traced on the CTX (1 0 km scale bar) images only.
  • If your Data packet prints out small, your landing ellipses will be too big. Have your students draw their own with pencil.

Videos Related to this Activity

Science Snippet: Build your content knowledge to help answer youth's questions.

End of Activity Science Reflection

We can identify landforms in remotely sensed images of Mars that might indicate evidence of past water.

Key Take Away

Today we investigated remotely sensed images to find landforms on Mars that indicate water. These reveal evidence that Mars once had water on its surface.

Did you know?

Mars still has water, it is just mostly in the form of ice at the poles or trapped in minerals and underground.