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Educational resources

  Space Nutrition -NASA publication with sections that describe the exciting world of doing nutrition research in space — Understanding Space Flight, Doing Nutrition Research in Space, and Space Flight Nutrition Repository of images Showcases many images by Chesley Bonestell Repository of articles Scanned version of articles on the exploration of Mars, part of a series on the conquest of space written in the 50s by von Braun and others and published in a popular magazine Repository of images The site of Malin Space Science Systems, builder (and operator) of the MOC camera (embarked on the Mars Global Surveyor probe) – hundreds of thousands of images of Mars available Repository of images HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGING SCIENCE EXPERIMENT 
The site of the HiRISE telescopic camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter probe) – anaglyphs, etc. Space Agency European Space Agency Webiste about the Mars Express mission Space Agency European Space Agency Webiste about the Mars Express mission NGO The home of the Mars Society, a group dedicated to the colonization of Mars with a lot of information about Mars and Mars missions. NGO Site about the “base” that Mars Society operates in Utah NGO The home of the Planetary Society, large group of space enthusiasts NGO The home of the Mars One group, who wants to take people to Mars.

Industry A vision of a possible mission to Mars. Repository of images Series of images of a possible base on Mars Industry Project for a Lego series of a Martian base Repository of images Collection of inspirational martian base images Site Great site with detailed images of a martian base, room by room Repository of Classroom activities A guide on Mars classroom activities for teachers


Repository of Classroom activities One of many NASA sites with activities for students from Grade 3 and above. Repository of Classroom activities List of activities for kids Repository of Classroom activities NASA material about designing a mission to Mars Repository of educational material  NASA Repository for educators Blog Collection of articles addressing "every-day" problems of a Mars Mission. Shop The Martian Garden Store Software OpenRocket is a free, fully featured model rocket simulator that allows you to design and simulate your rockets before you build and flying them Software In collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, Google has created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made. Shop Rokit is a  water bottle rocket used by schools, colleges, and individuals throughout the world. Developed by scientists to demonstrate Laws of Motion the Rokit water bottle rocket kit has all the components to perform repeatable experiments. Research Institute The Biosphere 2 facility serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies, an arena for scientific discovery and discussion, and a far-reaching provider of public education. Its mission is to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe.
Space Nutrition Educational resources Book with sections that describe the exciting world of doing nutrition research in space—Understanding Space Flight, Doing Nutrition Research in Space, and Space Flight Nutrition.
Red Planet / Antony Hoffman 2000

Manned mission gets down to the surface using inflatable  balloons like Pathfinder

Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry. 

Mission to Mars / Brian de Palma 2000

When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting an unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors. 

Astronaut survives alone on Mars; movie ending is utter non-sense

The Martian / Ridley Scott 2015

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. 

Astronaut survives alone on Mars using scientific  principles

The Universe / Kim Stanley Robinson 2007-2015 This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists. 



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Mars Trilogy / Kim Stanley Robinson Science Fiction


to 1996


The Mars trilogy is a series of award-winning science fiction novels by Kim Stanley Robinson that chronicles the settlement and terraforming of the planet Mars through the intensely personal and detailed viewpoints of a wide variety of characters spanning almost two centuries
The Martian Chronicles / Ray Bradbury Science Fiction 1950


The Martian Chronicles is a 1950 science fiction short story collection by Ray Bradbury that chronicles the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing from a troubled and eventually atomically devastated Earth, and the conflict between aboriginal Martians and the new colonists.
Mars and the Mind of Man / Carl Sagan et al. Book 1973





Transcription of a debate between Sagan, Bradbury and others on the eve of the arrival at Mars of the Mariner 9 probe (in 1971)
The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must / Robert Zubrin Book 2011




Unlike the dead world of the Moon, the Martian landscape is filled with possibility, but humans must be able to survive there. In the grand tradition of successful explorers, Zubrin calls for a travel-light and live-off-the-land approach to Martian settlement. He explains how scientists can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars; produce fuel and oxygen on the planet’s surface with its own natural resources; build bases and settlements; and one day terraform—or alter the atmosphere of the planet in order to pave the way for sustainable life. As the landmark mission of the Mars Science Laboratory begins, Zubrin lays out a comprehensive plan to build life on a new world.
The Mars One Crew Manual / Kerry Mark Joels Book 1985




Plans for a mission to Mars in the 80s, including operation of ship and other details. This book presentssome vehicles to get to mars, the living quarters, the landing procedures, emergency procedures and much more. In addition to all of this the book has several pull-outs which include one of the martian landscape. The book tells you what kind of crew they choose: their hobbies, interests, religion, location, and many other things. The book tells you about the test that the astronauts had to go through in order to get on the Mars mission. The book also tells you about all the things that (you) will do on a Mars mission. 
The Mars Project / Wernher von Braun Book 1953



Detailed plans made by Wernher von Braun in the early 50s, for a mission to Mars before the end of the 20th century (originally in German)
How to Live on Mars / Robert Zubrin Book 2008






Mars is the planet that holds the greatest promise for human colonization. But why speculate about the possibilities when you can get the real scientific scoop from someone who’s been happily living and working there for years? Straight from the not-so-distant future, this intrepid pioneer’s tips for physical, financial, and social survival on the Red Planet. 
Roving Mars / Steven Squyres Book 2005




The story of how the Spirit and Opportunity rovers came to be and made it to Mars.
It's the age-old question: Is there life on Mars? Steve Squyres, lead scientist of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, sets out to answer that question and relates his findings in this riveting first-person narrative account. 
How We’ll Live on Mars / Stephen L. Petranek Book 2015





Analysis of the factors involved in colonizing Mars.
Why go to Mars? Life on Mars has potential life-saving possibilities for everyone on earth. Depleting water supplies, overwhelming climate change, and a host of other disasters  all loom large. We must become a space-faring species to survive. We have the technology not only to get humans to Mars, but to convert Mars into another habitable planet. It will likely take 300 years to “terraform” Mars but we can turn it into a veritable second Garden of Eden. And we can live there, in specially designed habitations, within the next twenty years.
The Conquest of Space / Willy Ley and Chesley Bonestell Book 1949




Wonderfully illustrated book about the coming space age
The Exploration of Mars / Willy Ley and Chesley Bonestell Book 1956




Wonderfully illustrated book about the conquest of Mars
Martian Outpost / Erik Seedhouse Book 2009





Technical account of what’s needed to send a mission to Mars.
This book thoroughly details how humans will get to Mars. It fully covers crew preparation and mission trajectories and explains an adaptable and mobile exploration architecture that will enable long-term human exploration of the planet.
Mapping Mars / Oliver Morton Book 2003




Account of the early years of the return to Mars at the end of the 20th century
Science writer Oliver Morton tells the story of the heroic landscapes of Mars, now better mapped in some ways than the Earth itself. Mapping Mars introduces the reader to the nineteenth-century visionaries and spy-satellite pioneers, the petroleum geologists and science-fiction writers, the artists and Arctic explorers who have devoted themselves to the discovery of Mars. In doing so they have given a new world to the human imagination, a setting for our next great adventure.
A Traveler’s Guide to Mars / William K. Hartmann Book 2003




A general view of the planet by a planetary scientist