Lesson: Remote Sensing Ices on Mars

Target Grade Level: 8-10
Target Curriculum: Earth Science, Physical Science


Students analyze data collected by Mars spacecraft using three different energies of light visible light, infrared light, and gamma rays to investigate the composition and distribution of ices at the high latitude regions of Mars. This Socratic-Dialogue Inducing activity guides students to understand that seasonal carbon dioxide ice covers buried water ice during the winter season and that the permanent ice caps in the northern and southern hemispheres are made of different types of ice. In an extension activity, students use a computer simulation illustrating how gamma rays can be used to determine the composition of the Martian surface.

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