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Solar System: Mars
Learn here about the fourth planet from the Sun – Mars. Read why people on Earth call Mars the Red Planet. Learn about similarities between these two planets. Find out whether there is or were life on Mars and what happened to Martian oceans. The following web sites contain images, simulating Mars movies, audio narration, worksheets, and quizzes. Also included are eThemes Resources on Rotation, Revolution, the Universe, and Mars Exploration.
Teach students about exploration of the planet Mars. Includes activities, discussion questions, suggested readings and links, and vocabulary terms. NOTE: This site includes banner ads, other types of ads, and sponsored links. NOTE: This site includes links to social networking sites.
This site from the European Space Agency includes information on the possibility of life on Mars. Click on any of he "More on Mars" links on the right sight of the page to see information on those topics.
Learn how to locate north and south hemispheres on Mars. Learn about weather patterns and watch a movie. Click on "Expert Q&A on Mars" link to read an interesting theory about oceans on Mars, manned expedition to Mars, and life on the Red Planet.
Read about the robotic vehicle that is scouring the planet of Mars for clues of habitability. Includes images, vocabulary terms, and a word find puzzle. Click on the "Printer Friendly" icon for a printable version. NOTE: This site includes ads and sponsored links.
These sites demonstrate rotation, revolution, and the orbit of planets and moons in our solar system. Includes information about day/night cycles, rotational periods, constellations, moon phases, and telling time. Includes links to eThemes Resources on Earth's Moon and Planets.
These sites have information about the universe, the Milky Way, and other galaxies. Learn about the different types of galaxies. View photographs taken from space, listen to audio files of experts, and play interactive games.
Learn about the current exploration of Mars by two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Read about the third-grader who named the spacecrafts. Design a parachute for the rovers on an interactive site or create a model of a rover using crackers and candy. Watch animated movies showing the rovers taking off and landing, plus view the images that they have transmitted back to Earth.