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Mars

Sojourner the rover

Your Summer Vacation on Mars

In the summer of 1997, NASA's Pathfinder mission to Mars will be complete. The land rover, named Sojourner, will explore the surface of our nearest neighbor in the universe. This annotated list of websites should help you prepare for your "summer vacation on mars."

MOVIE
Mars Pathfinder

QuickTime Movie (2500k)

Get To Know Your Destination
Begin your vacation by learning about your destination. What's the weather like? Where are the best places to stay?
Mars Today
Mars Megapage
Mars: The Nine Planets
Mars Today
Mars: The Red Planet*
Mission to Mars*
Way Cool Tools for Exploration*

Plan Your Transportation
Research past missions and learn about future modes of transportation to Mars.
Mars Flyer
Mars Pathfinder website (at the time of landing)
Mars Pathfinder website (at the end of the mission)
Mars Global Surveyor

Pack Carefully
You'll need to bring along plenty of supplies. You may not pass a convenience store along the way.
Spacesuit Design for Mars*
Destination Mars*
Mars*

Find a Good Place to Stay
Plan ahead so that you find a place to stay in a good part of town.
PDS Map-a-Planet Mars
Mars Pathfinder: Landing Site

Pay Attention to The News
Today's NASA News
Space Exploration News
The Martian Sun-Times*
RedColony.com

Take Lots of Pictures
These images, Quicktime videos, and animations are way more exciting than the average family vacation movies.
Mars Panorama
NSSDC Photo Gallery Mars
Probe Blasts Off
Pathfinder Traverses Mars
Mars' Surface Comes Alive
Mars Through Hubble
The Red Planet
Surveyor's Mission to Mars
Mapping The Surface

Keep in Touch with Home
How Does a Long Distance Receiver Work?

Plan Things To Do While You're There
Mars Mania
"Seeing" Mars Close-up and "Feeling" Mars Dirt*
Digging the Dirt

Bring Home a Souvenir
Mars Meteorites

Have Fun!

*Note: The asterisk designates teacher and student activities.

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