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Mars Match Game

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Patrons view images of Earth and Mars to compare features, just like a scientist (planetary geologist) would. After matching pairs of Earth features with Mars analogues, they discuss why they matched the pairs together.

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Hints for uses in your library This is a great library activity, it’s easy to adapt the length, add your own images, or adapt for other planets. You may consider having teens adapt and facilitate this activity for younger patrons!
Related Links Websites:
Info about NASA’s plans to send astronauts to Mars
NGSS Standards Guide
NASA’s Be a Martian
Be a Martian and get the latest Mars news, images, and information and be part of a community of explorers.
Globus, Al (May 07, 2016). “Space Settlement Basics.”
Will We Ever Colonize Mars?
Mars Exploration Program
Mars in Our Solar System
What is Mars?
Nine Real NASA Technologies
If you’re planning a Mars activity around a viewing of “The Martian”, make sure to check out this site, which highlights real NASA technologies used in the movie!

Images:
Mars Exploration
Pat Rawlings Space Art
Some images follow the NASA media usage guidelines and may be used for educational or informational purposes. Please note the copyright status of the specific image of interest.

Slideshows:
Understanding Martian Resources and Environmental Constraints

Videos:
Enduring the Journey to Mars | MARS: How to Get to Mars
NASA ScienceCasts: New InSight into the Red Planet
ScienceCasts: What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery
ScienceCasts: The Opposition of Mars
Mars Insight Landing
Originating Source LASP/Discover NASA, Sanlyn Buxner provided permission to modify the Mars Match Game, created by the Arizona State University.
Related Books
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Hubble Deep Field: How a Photo Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Universe by Don Nardoe
How to Be a Space Explorer: Your Out-of-This-World Adventure by Mark Brake
Mars by Elizabeth Carney
Mission: Mars by Pascal Lee
Curiosity’s Mission on Mars: Exploring the Red Planet by Ron Miller
Spaceships and Rockets by Deborah Lock
Science Adventures with Max the Dog by Jeffrey O Bennett and Alan Okamoto
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach
Astronomy: Cool women in space by Anita Yasuda and Lena Chandhok
CatStronauts by Drew Brockington

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Mars Match Game

Mars Match Game

Patrons view images of Earth and Mars to compare features, just like a scientist (planetary geologist) would. After matching pairs of Earth features with Mars analogues, they discuss why they matched the pairs together.