37th DPS Meeting, 4-9 September 2005
Session 12 Education and Outreach
Oral, Monday, September 5, 2005, 5:35-6:05pm, Music Concert Hall

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[12.03] MRO's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE): Education and Public Outreach

V.C. Gulick (NASA Ames/SETI Institute), HiRISE Science Team

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) will fly on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission, planned for launch in August of 2005. HiRISE will investigate deposits and landforms resulting from geologic and climatic processes and is optimized for evaluating candidate landing sites. The camera will combine unprecedented resolution (25-32 cm/pixel) and high signal-to-noise ratio with a 6 km swath width and partial 3-color coverage. HiRISE will image a carefully selected few percent of the surface area of Mars down to 1 meter resolution, currently afforded only in glimpses by landers. Therefore, HiRISE will provide a bridge between orbital remote sensing and landed missions.

HiRISE's E/PO effort will provide opportunities via the internet for students and the public to participate directly in image suggestion and data analysis. HiWeb (http://marsoweb.nasa.nasa.gov/hirise), HiRISE's public website will provide user-friendly web tools for students, team members, and the general public to suggest target locations for HiRISE imaging. HiWeb will provide interactive viewing and analysis of HiRISE images in context with other available Mars data. Web events, involving participation by team members, will inform students and interested members of the public of HiRISE capabilities and science goals and provide support for submitting good image suggestions. Curriculum modules and activities will focus on Mars geology, the image suggestion process and working with digital image data. We will also provide online opportunities for student and public participation in data analysis to create databases of geologic features (gullies, boulders, craters, wind streaks, etc.) present in the HiRISE images. Educator workshops will be held each year at or near the institution of HiRISE team members. Workshop background materials and instructions for all hands-on activities will be placed on HiWeb to facilitate sharing of information with other educators and the public.

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