Martian Craters Lab Exercise

Your assignment, as part of the Solar System Unit, is to help planetary geologists catalog Martian craters. My cousin found this place where scientists have solicited the help of regular people like you and I to help map the craters on Mars. This is a huge project where photographs from the Mars Orbital Surveying Satellite are sent to the earth and people try to determine the size of the craters by simply clicking on the crater edges in 4 spots and letting the computer do the rest. Your work is then sent to a central receiving computer and the information logged in with other workers like you.
Go to Mars Crater Project and first do the training session. Then go to "read the introduction" and try your hand at some crater mapping. If you do not like a particular crater image, move on to the next one. It takes a while to get used to the activity, and you may need to upgrade your computer to the newest version of Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer for the exercise to work. I am hoping you will spend at least 30-60 minutes on this exercise, first because it is fun, second because it is helpful to the scientific community, and third because it takes time to get used to the exercise.

When you have done this for a while, write down your impressions of this activity and send an e-mail to me.

Back to Mars, forward to Jupiter, or return to the Planet Introduction.


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