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Mars is a fascinating planet.  Mars’s red color stood out in the evening sky.  Many names given to Mars by varying cultures either emphasized its redness or were tied to war.

We have sent more probes and landers to Mars than any other planet.  These probes have changed Mars from, in the words of one scientist in 1971, “the Moon with polar caps” to a vibrant, changing world.

Before you can develop your Mars project, you need to understand the planet.  This WebQuest will help you start to understand Mars.

For a copy of the WebQuest worksheet, click here.

Task One – Mars Facts

Mars Data

Quick Facts About Mars

Task Two - History of Mars Discovery

1600's (Christian Huygens drawing of Mars)



H. G. Wells

Percival Lowell

Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory

Lowell's Chair

Lowell's Observing Chair

Lowell's Telescope

Lowell's Telescope

Mr. Hil at Lowell Observatory

Mr. Hill at Lowell Observatory

Task Three – Missions to Mars

The Mariner Missions

The Orbiter Missions

Task Four - Observations of Earth & Mars

As you study Mars, you will need to develop outstanding observations skills.  For this task, you will be observing and comparing pictures of Earth and Mars. Mars.  Observe them carefully, and then put your observation into words.  Choose your words carefully.  Be specific as you describe what you see.

Earth Image 1

Earth Image #1

Mars Image 1

Mars Image #1



Earth Image 2

Earth Image #2


Mars Image 2

Mars Image #2


Earth Image 3

Earth Image #3


Mars Image 3

Mars Image #3


Earth Image 4

Earth Image #4

Mars Image 4

Mars Image #4


Earth Image 5

Earth Image #5


Mars Image 5

Mars Image #5


Earth Image 6

Earth Image #6



Mars Image 6

Mars Image #6


Just from the little time you  have spend learning about  Mars as you  did  the WebQuest, you should begin to realize just how  complex a world Mars is. 

Now that you have been introduced to Mars,  it’s time to spend more time studying the planet in class!