GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, USA - 2016

Paper No. 155-7
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM


MCGRAW, Allison Marie, Lunar and Planetary Lab, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, The University of Arizona, 1541 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85742,

Viewing the mysterious red planet Mars goes back thousands of years with just the human eye but in more recent years the growth of telescopes, satellites and lander missions unveil unrivaled detail of the Martian surface that tells a story worth listening to. This planetarium show will go through the observations starting with the ancients to current understandings of the Martian surface, atmosphere and inner-workings through past and current Mars missions. Visual animations of its planetary motions, display of high resolution images from the Hi-RISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) and CTX (Context Camera) data imagery aboard the MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) as well as other datasets will be used to display the terrain detail and imagery of the planet Mars with a digital projection system. Local planetary scientists and Mars specialists from the Lunar and Planetary Lab at the University of Arizona will be interviewed and used in the show to highlight current technology and understandings of the red planet. This is an undergraduate project that is looking for collaborations and insight in order gain more structure in script writing that will teach about this planetary body to all ages in the format of a live planetarium show.