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.
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