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Explore! Mars Inside and Out! - Websites



Volcano World
Volcano World provides current, accessible information about volcanos on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system. Lots of information is provided about volcanos on Mars. There are activities and games for children ages 5 and older Be sure to take the virtual tours!

National Geographic
National Geographic presents an overview of volcanos, how they form, and where they occur. For children ages 10 and older.

Interactive volcano explorer from the Discovery Channel for children ages 10 and older.

Volcanoes: Can we Predict Volcanic Eruptions
A fantastic site about prediction of volcanic eruptions, with information about how and where volcanos form. The text is a little advanced, but great for parents and children ages 12 and up. Several resources are provided for those who wish to delve deeper into the wonders of volcanos.

Earth Never Sleeps
The American Museum of Natural History provides daily tracking of volcanic eruptions across the world for ages 12 and older.


Windows to the Universe
Windows to the Universe shares impact craters on Earth for children ages 8 and older. All information is presented in English and Spanish and at several learning levels.

Exploratorium Magazine
Exploratorium Magazine Online examines what causes impact craters in this site for children ages 12 and older.

Terrestrial Impact Craters
General information on impact craters with images and definitions of terms for ages 14 and older.

Damage by Impact
An article for young adults that examines the impact of the Meteor Crater impact — and relates it to possible future impacts.

Plate Tectonics

Discovering Plate Boundaries
Discovering Plate Boundaries is a data-rich inquiry activity in which children explore the processes that occur at plate boundaries (volcanos, earthquakes, formation and destruction of the sea floor, and the related physical features).

Enchanted Learning is a great site for easy to understand information about the planets. Games, coloring pages, quizzes, and resources are also provided. Great for ages 5 and up.

Kids Astronomy
Kids Astronomy is great for kids ages 5–8. It provides very basic information about Mars and its moons.

The Nine Planets
The Nine Planets website for kids is suitable for ages 6 to 10. It provides very basic information about the planet's surface features, weather, ice caps and more.

Windows to the Universe
Children ages 8 and older can explore all about Mars with Windows to the Universe. All information is presented in English and Spanish and at several learning levels. Be sure to check out the numerous tours of Mars and its features and history.

Kids Astronomy
Kids Astronomy discusses topics like the possibility of life on Mars, missions to Mars and the future of the Red Planet. This simple text and format is great for ages 8 and older.

Mars: The Red Planet
This website discusses in basic terms different aspects of Mars such as its surface features, temperatures, atmosphere, and missions. This site is good for young audiences ages 8 and up.

Explore Mars
Is there or was there ever life on Mars? Check out this site to get all the information on why we want to explore Mars and why we think there might have been life on Mars. It's a great site for parents and children ages 12 and up.

Nine Planets
Nine Planets offers a plethora of information about Mars from its location in the solar system to information about the many missions to Mars. It discusses its land features, satellites, and much more! Appropriate for ages 12 and older.

Archive of Mars Articles
Young adults will find these articles about Mars and the scientific research about possible life on Mars (Archive of Mars Life Articles) very informative.

Pat Rawling's Artwork
Lunar bases, Mars colonies, spacecraft and more come alive though Pat Rawling's fabulous art. Many of the pieces are available for use in your public programs, including those done for NASA and JPL. Check out the copyright information.

Mars Missions!


Missions to Mars
Keep track of past, present, and planned future Mars missions through NASA's Mars Exploration Home page. Mission links, images, and educational material are presented for audiences of different ages.

Mars Exploration Rover Mission
Catch up on the latest news from the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, at their home Web site. Be sure to explore the Kids site.

Phoenix Mars Mission
Follow the latest rover of the Phoenix Mission as it investigates the polar region of Mars, searching for more in formation about the history of water on this near-by neighbor.

Mars Express
Mars Express is a joint mission, led by the European Space Agency, with NASA instrumentation aboard. The mission's main purpose is to search for evidence of water beneath the surface. Stunning images of the surface of Mars have been returned as this spacecraft orbits the planet.

Mars Odyssey
Mars Odyssey is mapping the surface features and minerals on the surface of the red planet to help scientists understand the planet's climate and geologic history.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is providing information about the surface, subsurface, and atmosphere of Mars. This information will help NASA identify landing sites for future missions.

Mars Science Laboratory
The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled to launch in 2011. This rover will roam the surface, gathering more information about the environment and history of Mars, and testing new "smart rover" technology, helping NASA plan for rover exploration of hard-to-reach locations not appropriate for human investigation.

Exploration: NASA's Plans to Explore the Moon, Mars and Beyond
NASA's plans for exploring the Moon, Mars and Beyond! For the latest on space craft, robots, and the technology that makes our exploration of the solar system possible, check out NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. This site contains numerous short, engaging video clips that can enhance your programs.

Drawing on observations from NASA's Mars missions, the "Be a Martian" website invites the public to participate as citizen scientists to improve Martian maps, take part in research tasks, and assist Mars science teams studying data about the Red Planet.

Last updated
February 5, 2010


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