The ultimate resource is the Mars Outpost and Candor Chasma diorama
in the Space Odyssey
exhibit at the Museum!
Mars: The Red Planet, by DVD International,
is available at the Museum Shop.
Books and Articles
Visit the Museum Shop for these Mars books and more!
- The Smithsonian Book of Mars, by Joseph
- Mars: Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet,
by Paul Raeburn
- The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and
Discovery, by William Sheehan
the Mysteries of Mars (PDF: 2.1MB), by Dr. Steven
Lee. Requires the free PDF
viewer to read.
Mars Exploration Rover Model On Display
A Mars Exploration Rover model is on display in the Central Atrium of the Museum. It looks almost identical to the two originals, "Spirit" and "Opportunity," which successfully landed on Mars in January 2004.
The Mars-bound rovers will explore two different locations, searching for signs of ancient water in the rocks and soil. Each weighs roughly 400 pounds and carries a sophisticated set of scientific instruments, including spectrometers to analyze the composition of the planet.
The Museum's version, created by Scale Model Company of Hawthorne, Calif., is made to look authentic. By using original materials whenever possible and by creating movable parts, the model maker went to great lengths to mimic the real Mars Exploration Rovers.
Explore a hypothetical Mars base of the future with the click of a mouse.
This interactive program lets you move through the base to explore all
of its features, inside and out.
This NASA program began in 1965 and has plans to continue well into
the 21st century. Learn about the programs history, technology,
and future missions at this comprehensive site.
Space Science Systems
View the surface of Mars from an archive of Mars Global Surveyor Mars
Orbiter Camera images.
Educators, incorporate Mars into your science curriculum with these
activities from the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
Mars Odyssey launched in April 2001 to achieve four goals: to determine
whether there was ever life on Mars, characterize Marss climate
and geology, and prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet. Follow
this mission, which is underway until August 2004.
Two Mars rovers, launched into space in the summer of 2003, will land
on Mars in January 2004. Explore the mission, technology, and progress
of the rovers on this NASA Web site.
ten Mars pictures of all time
From the first map of the Red Planet to the famous face on Mars and
first rover landing, these ten pictures document humankinds exploration
of our neighboring planet.
Locate Mars in the night sky with maps, tips on how to observe, and
lots of great Mars pictures.
Learn about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe
and see how you can participate.
What is astrobiology and how will it help in the search for life in
the universe? Find out at this site filled with interesting information
about this branch of life science.