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Mars Art

Mars Art

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mars? Through this activity, you can look at real images of Mars, create your own Mars art, and let your imagination run wild!

Time Needed:
15-30 minutes
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Space Science
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What I'll Learn

Scientists study images of planets and other space objects, observing shapes to try and figure out what is on the planetary body. Learn how scientists use elements of art to better understand objects in our solar system and beyond.

What to Do

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What to Do: Step-by-Step Instructions


Scientists search images of objects in space for shapes, lines, and colors that help them figure out what is on the planet. For example, a circle or blob on an image may be a crater or a volcano. Look for shapes and lines on the images of Mars below and make assumptions about what they may be.

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Squiggly lines may be signs of erosion (from water or wind), straight lines may be tectonic activity (quakes), and colors can help you identify elements on the planet (white could be frozen water/ice).

Use the images from step 1 as inspiration to create your own Mars art. Playdough and various art supplies can help you create different geologic formations and textures on your imaginary planet art.
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