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Exploratour - Comparing the Surfaces of Earth and Mars

Mars is about 1/3 the size of the Earth, as shown in this drawing.
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This page is the start of a tour which compares the surfaces of Earth and Mars. In this tour we will describe and compare some features of the surfaces of these planets. Use the navigation button at the top right of the page to move through the tour. To go to the next page, just press the forward link on the navigation button.

Mars is much smaller than the Earth. It has no oceans, no trees or other forms of life that we can see on the surface. But Mars is still a pretty special place! You'll see that Mars has many of the biggest things in the solar system - the biggest volcano, the deepest hole in the ground, and the biggest canyon.


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Are We From Mars?

Did we come from Mars? Scientists say that tons of rocks came to Earth from Mars many years ago. These rocks broke off of Mars when asteroids ran into it. They say that tiny organisms called microbes...more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

Look at the bed below the body of the sleeping man. You can still see where he was lying down. The heat from his body warmed up the bed sheets which are now radiating infrared light toward your eyes....more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

All warm objects (not just people) release infrared light. Warmer objects give off more infrared light. Very hot objects radiate other types of light as well. Click on the picture to see the infrared...more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

What kinds of light can people see? Our eyes can see visible light. When it passes into our eyes different types of visible light create different sensations that we see as colors. ...more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

Imagine you found a pair of special glasses that not only gave you telescopic vision but gave you the ability to see all forms of radiant energy. The universe in visible light contains all the familiar...more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

This is a volcano on the island of Miyake in Japan. It has erupted, sending hot lava and ash into the air, a total of ten times. The time after one eruption until the next occurred was about twenty years...more

ExploraTour - Looking at the World in a Different Light

This is a picture of a galaxy in visible light. A galaxy is a large number of stars, some like our sun, some bigger, some smaller and all moving together through space. This galaxy is called Centaurus...more

Windows to the Universe, a project of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, is sponsored in part is sponsored in part through grants from federal agencies (NASA and NOAA), and partnerships with affiliated organizations, including the American Geophysical Union, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Earth System Information Partnership, the American Meteorological Society, the National Center for Science Education, and TERC. The American Geophysical Union and the American Geosciences Institute are Windows to the Universe Founding Partners. NESTA welcomes new Institutional Affiliates in support of our ongoing programs, as well as collaborations on new projects. Contact NESTA for more information. NASA ESIP NCSE HHMI AGU AGI AMS NOAA