Know Your Neighbor?
I'm not talking about the people who live next door, but rather Earth's next-door neighbor, Mars. This rusty red planet is visible at night to the naked eye, and it looks bright orange-red due to the iron-rich soil on its surface. Scientists are carefully studying the planet using data from the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. These rovers landed in January 2004 and are still roaming the Martian surface today. You can track Spirit and Opportunity and find out the latest news from Mars at http://marsrover.
nasa.gov/home. If you've got a pair of red and blue 3-D glasses, be sure to check out the 3-D images of the Martian surface.
Another cool site is Google Mars, www.google.com/mars, where you can explore elevation, visible and infrared maps of Mars. Click on “Spacecrafts” to pinpoint the landing sites of various landers and rovers, or look at geographical features such as “Mountains” and “Craters.” If you want to learn more about Mars, visit World Book at NASA, www.nasa.gov/worldbook/
mars_worldbook.html. Have fun!
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