Exploring Mars with CRISM and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
This Web Seminar was developed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
(JPL) and Arizona State University’s (ASU) Mars Education Program. The event took
place on Thursday, March 6, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The
presenter was Dr. Scott Murchie from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland. Dr. Murchie is the Principal Investigator for the
CRISM instrument currently aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft at
In this web seminar participants learned about the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging
Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) instrument that is currently aboard the Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft on orbit around planet Mars. The CRISM is one of NASA's
high-tech detectives seeking traces of past and present water on the Martian surface.
Dr. Murchie also spent some time talking about the electromagnetic spectrum.
Thirty-four (34) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter, the ASU moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented
the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maine,
Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas,
and Virginia. One participant attended the program from Italy. All participants
received a one-year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides for completing the evaluation
at the end of the program.
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- "It was exciting to listen and learn from the principal investigator of a current
- “I liked having the PowerPoint presentation. I already used it in my classroom.”
- “It was my first experience of a Web Seminar, It was really fantastic,
of the lecturer and tools were interesting, and also the possibility to
- “This really cleared up the whole process of how tools like Crism reveal the
geology of Mars. I also appreciated the detailed description of how the
color images are interpreted!”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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