Exploring Mars with CRISM and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

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 Mars.

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
    Mars project.”

  • “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,
    interaction of the lecturer and tools were interesting, and also the possibility to
    ask questions.”

  • “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
    various 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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