This Hubble Space Telescope image shows water ice clouds across the center of the planet Mars.
Text details the planet's climate and weather conditions.
This image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows water ice clouds across the center of the planet. Information about the climate and weather conditions on Mars is included.
Teachers can use this lithograph as:
An engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Have students study the image side of the lithograph. Ask them to write down any questions they have about the image. When the students are finished, their questions can be used in a variety of ways:
A content reading tool. Have students read the back of the lithograph and then write a quiz for the class.
A component in a compare/contrast activity. Have students compare the features/structure of terrestrial planets such as Mars, which is depicted in this lithograph and discussed in the text, to those of the giant planets. Use the Jovian Planets lithograph, found in the "Related materials" listed below, as an example. A T-chart or Venn diagram would be a good organizational tool to use for this activity. Examples of Graphic Organizers are included in the related materials below.
HubbleSite press release: "Hubble Finds Cloudy, Cold Weather Conditions for Mars-Bound Spacecraft"
Lithograph: Jovian Planets
Amazing Space resources by type: Graphic Organizers
Amazing Space resources by topic: Solar system