Planet Mappers: Mercury Edition
|Goal||Map the surface of Mercury with data from NASA|
|Task||Mark craters and surface features in high resolution images|
Map the surface of Mercury by marking and measuring craters and linear surface features in images from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft.
By mapping craters across the planet, we can start to piece together the global crater population and figure out what these new images are showing us about the solar system’s inner-most planet.
|How to Join||
To get started with CosmoQuest, click "Register" at the top right of any page to create an account. Then, check out the tutorial for how to use Planet Mappers at http://cosmoquest.org/x/planet-mappers-tutorial/. Be sure to also check out the basic feature guide at http://cosmoquest.org/x/planet-mappers-tutorial/basic-feature-guide/.
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families|
|Spend the Time||indoors|
|Type of Activity||Exclusively online, At school, At home|
|Tags||craters, mappers, mercury, messenger, nasa, planet, solar system, space|
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wolfee 12/15/2016The website uses real life images of mercury to map and identify different craters. When doing the activity, you must determine the size of the crater. If you are off it has you redo and explains why you might be off including the position of the sun and the light provided by the sun creating shadows. The different types of craters are identified and explained. The website also allows you to map other places including the moon.
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