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Charlie Lindgren's Kids do Activity 1.2: Mapping the Topography of Unknown Surfaces

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30 students from our two teams were selected by our art teachers to design the 3-D clay models

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We downloaded Martian images from various sites including Mars Team Online and ...

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...attempted to duplicate the photograph.

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Some of the landscapes were very complex!

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While the artists worked, another girl drilled more than 4,000 holes in the container covers!

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11 containers were created, and we started to take measurements. The readings were recorded on a grid, and a data sheet

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X = 15, Y = 3, Z = 2

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Then we translated the heights into colors.

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From the grid we created a topographic map.

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We also entered all of the data into a spreadsheet.

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We created 3-D images of the spreadsheet in black and white, and in...

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... color!

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Then we attempted to match the landscape to the 3-D graph and topographic map by ...

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...looking at the original photographs

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This was not easy! The most diligent group was only able to match 8 of the 11 landscapes!


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