MAVEN - Invisible Mars

Introduction  Invisible Mars is a docent-led presentation that discusses how the MAVEN mission will investigate the loss of the Martian atmosphere. Materials included in the package include science background information, the script and playlist, and all data sets needed to run the program. The Invisible Mars script includes a demonstration of how a planetary atmosphere is lost to space, and an audience participation activity. Key learning points:
-The environment on Mars used to support liquid water at the surface
-Mars is a much drier place now
-Evidence suggests that Mars had a thicker atmosphere early in its history and that the climate of Mars was warmer and wetter in the past
-Mars has a thin atmosphere today

Training
MAVEN-Invisible Mars - script

SolSystem-tn.jpgSolar System to Scale

If the Sun were the size of the sphere, how big would each of the planets be?  1.3 million Earths could fit inside the Sun. (SOS-211)

bluemarble_nightlights.jpgBlue Marble

This dataset shows the Earth with daytime and nighttime views of the Earth, to demonstrate how only half of the Earth is illuminated at one time. (SOS-85)

mars.jpgRed Mars

This Mars surface dataset shows the  best known geographical features of Mars. Olympus Mons is the highest point in the solar system at 88,500 ft., Valles Marineris canyon which is 2500 miles long and 4 miles deep, and Hellas Planitia, an impact crater in the Southern Hemisphere that is 4.3 miles deep and 1400 miles in diameter.Mars (SOS-224)

WetMarsMap-sm.jpgWet Mars Map
(SOS-512)

BlurryMars-tn.jpgBlurry Mars
(SOS-?)

mars.jpgRed Mars

This Mars surface dataset shows the  best known geographical features of Mars. Olympus Mons is the highest point in the solar system at 88,500 ft., Valles Marineris canyon which is 2500 miles long and 4 miles deep, and Hellas Planitia, an impact crater in the Southern Hemisphere that is 4.3 miles deep and 1400 miles in diameter.Mars (SOS-224)

Mariner_pip

Spirit_pip

 Curiosity_pip

Maven Pano_pip

Vegetation.jpgEarth with No Clouds

Earth with Vegetation shows the Earth without cloud cover so that the vegetation can be clearly seen. It is a mosaic image therefore it doesn't represent any particular season. The shading is true color with the oceans shades of blue, the lands varying from green to brown. The brown areas are the sands of the deserts. (SOS-84)

WaterFeatures.jpgWater Features
(SOS-?)

Mars-Earth-sm.jpgMars-Earth
(SOS-?)

YellowSun-sm.jpgYellow Sun
(SOS-?)

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