CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars)
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CRISM Curriculum Guide

How do scientists look for signs of water on Mars? How similar are Martian geological features to what we see on Earth? The hands-on activities in our comprehensive curriculum guide will take students and teachers alike into the incredible world of Mars exploration. [Adobe Acrobat required]


Full Guide (3.91MB) | Activity 1: Earth/Mars Comparison (2.55MB) | Activity 2: Splat Craters (1.13MB)

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Lesson Plan: Searching for Evidence of Water on Mars

Created for Space Academy: Mission Mars, learn how scientists will use the CRISM instrument to explore the Red Planet.


PDF (7.5MB) | Word (2.9MB)

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Educational CRISM Poster

Fact Sheet

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A Model Instrument

Build your own CRISM! Download a cut-out model and create a miniature, 3-D paper version of the instrument that will lead the search for past water on Mars. [Adobe Acrobat required]

Online Spectroscopy Laboratory

Put yourself in the role of planetary geologist on our online spectroscopy laboratory! Learn how scientists recognize different types of rocks that may initially look or feel the same, or which are too far away to be touched at all, based on subtle differences in the light they reflect.

Enter the Lab!