This Viking Lander 2 Surface Material Map is used in Exercise 1.
(Click on image to obtain full size Map )
Here are five exercises that might be fun and instructive for young students. They will "see" Mars close-up and will gain a "feeling" for the surface of Mars. The exercises can be adapted and developed for students of different ages and abilitities. The exercises are summarized below.
The time to load each exercise in seconds, dominated by its images, is indicated [in brackets]. Test conditions: Unix, large systems, dial up ppp protocol, 26 KBaud modems. Direct connect, via high speed interfaces may be faster while serial, dial up interfaces will respond slower.
EXERCISE 2 employs images of the Viking Lander 1 footpads to illustrate the evidence for two different types of soils or "dirts" at the Lander 1 site and suggests simple experiments to gain a "feeling" for the strengths of the "dirts." [37 secs; 0.194 MBytes of images; two images]. Click here for (Text only, with linked Images)
EXERCISE 3 employs images of a Viking Lander 2 surface sampler test to illustrate the evidence for the properties of a soil or "dirt" at the Lander 2 site and suggests simple experiments to gain a "feeling" for the strength of the "dirt." [176 secs; 0.943 MBytes of images; seven images] Click here for (Text only, with linked Images)
EXERCISE 4 requires identification of a life-like rock (Mr. Toad) shown in Viking Lander 2 images and locating the named rock on a Lander 2 Sample Field Map. [37 sec; 0.892 MBytes of images; five images] Click here for (Text only, with linked Images)
EXERCISE 5 involves the interpretation of Viking Lander 1 images to discover the response of the surface to a wind storm and locating features on a Lander 1 Sample Field Map. [252 secs; 1.183 MBytes of images; twelve images] Click here for (Text only, with linked images)
Hank Moore and John Keller describe the surface materials, rock populations, and other characteristics of each of the Viking landing sites and present maps for each.
Rock files give the locations (coordinates) and sizes of rocks that were used to prepare the Surface Material Maps above.
Sample field maps summarize the surface sampler activities at the end of the extended mission for each lander and include detailed planviews of the landers.
|The data, maps, and text for |
these exercises were supplied by:
Dr. Henry John Moore
Astrogeology Team MS 975
U.S. Geological Survey
345 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
|The images, layout, and presentation
for these exercises were supplied by;
James E. Tillman, Research Prof.
(firstname.lastname@example.org ) and
George F. LeCompte (a volunteer)
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
PO Box 351640
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-1640