Remote Sensing

Educator Resources

Activity Essentials, How-to’s, FAQ’s, Videos, and more

Getting Started:

  1. Explore the Educator Resources
  2. Download the Science and Engineering Educator Guides, Notebooks, and Data Packets
  3. Access Additional Resources as needed


The PLANETS Educator Resources are designed to meet immediate needs for those new to STEM in OST. In addition, there are resources at the end of this page with tips to help make the experience more interesting and relevant for youth.


Remote Sensing FAQs

Remote Sensing Unit at a Glance

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Unit cover thumbnails at a glance

Educator Content Videos: Intro to Remote Sensing

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Remote Sensing Unit Cover image collage of a remote sensing device on a planet surface

Science Educator Guide

Grades 6–8 and Planetary Science
4 Activities; 1 hour per activity

What's Included?

  • Remote Sensing Science Educator Guide
  • Remote Sensing Science Notebook
  • Remote Sensing Science Data Packet


How do scientists choose sites for landing rovers on Mars? How can remote sensing help us understand the surface of another planet? Use multiple data types and real images of Mars to select an ideal landing site for a rover landing in this PLANETS Science Series Unit.

PLANETS Science Series are a great companion to the PLANETS Engineering Units but are also designed to stand alone.

Science, Engineering, or STEM?

The PLANETS Science and Engineering activities are complementary and help youth integrate engineering, technology, and science; however, each guide can also stand alone. It is up to you, based on the time that you have and the interests of your group to decide if you will teach science and engineering, engineering and science, or just one or the other.

Remote Sensing Back Pocket Activity Essentials – Science

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Worlds Apart: Engineering Remote Sensing Devices graphic with a planets being scanned by a remote sensing device

Engineering Educator Guide

Grades 6–8 and Engineering
8 Activities; 1 hour per activity

What's Included?

  • Remote Sensing Engineering Educator Guide
  • Remote Sensing Engineering Journal
  • Remote Sensing Engineering Journal in Spanish
  • Engineering Design Process_Poster


How do scientists and engineers gather information from places in the solar system that are difficult to reach? In this unit, youth use the Engineering Design Process to design remote sensing devices that can help scientists learn about a newly discovered moon.

Remote Sensing Back Pocket Activity Essentials – Engineering

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Engineering Context-Setting Videos for Youth

Show this video during Prep Activity 2 (P2). It is essential to help build context for youth.

How-To Videos for Educators

Note: These videos are meant to help educators set up materials. It is recommended that educators DO NOT show the How-To videos to youth in order to promote creativity and encourage multiple solutions to the problem identified in the activity.

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Additional Resources

Additional Resources for Educators

  • Remote Sensing Unit At A Glance
  • Remote Sensing Learning Progressions
  • Remote Sensing Back Pocket Activity Essentials
  • Remote Sensing Tips for Interactivity
  • Developing 21st Century Skills
  • Remote Sensing Vocabulary

Connect with NASA

Remote Sensing Additional Resource Links

Going Beyond the Unit

Purpose: Develop deeper planetary science content. Explore additional resources such as STEM careers, extension activities, NASA missions, etc.

Careers at NASA - More than Just Astronauts!

eClips video that explores some of the unique career opportunities at NASA.

Exploring Careers @ NASA

Learn about careers at through internships, fellowships, co-op positions, and competitions

Video Highlights from NASA scientists

SME2: Women in STEM

SEEC Space Exploration Educators Conference

This conference at Space Center Houston is for grades kindergarten to 12th – and not just for science teachers! strives to use space to teach across the curriculum. The activities presented can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history, and more. Attend sessions hosted by the actual scientists and engineers working on exciting endeavors like the International Space Station and explorations of Mars and the planets beyond.

Earth Observatory – Remote Sensing

Introduction and history of remote sensing

NASA Remote Sensing Example: Earth Sciences

Short example of how Dr. Milesi uses satellite remote sensing data to see how human activities are changing our planet.

Mars Community Builder

Google play download – simulation from Challenger Center inviting players to build a community on Mars using augmented reality. (Android only)

Imagine Mars

This standards-based, interdisciplinary project takes your students on a mission to Mars and brings them back with a new outlook on community, science and the arts.

Vesta Trek

Vesta is the second most massive body in the asteroid belt and is occasionally visible from Earth with a naked eye. Use Vesta Trek to explore its massive craters, and keep in mind that meteorites found on Earth have been traced back to originate from these areas.

Moon Trek

The Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal (LMMP) is a web-based Portal and a suite of interactive visualization and analysis tools. It allows users to search, view and download mapped lunar data products from past and current lunar missions.


All NASA Missions

We will pare down for planetary science and remote sensing missions.

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