The Geology of Mars: Dr. Kirsten Siebach's List of Reliable Information Sources

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American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Those who attended AAPG's Mars Perseverance Watch Party and also the AAPG webinar that featured a discussion of what the Perseverance and earlier missions have shown us about the geology of Mars are eager to learn more.

Dr. Kirsten Siebach (Rice University) and Dr. Michael Thorpe (NASA) have agreed to return to AAPG to share more information about what we are discovering about the geology of Mars.

In the meantime, Dr. Siebach has shared her list of Mars-related links. Please enjoy them and look for announcements for our next event!

Kirsten Siebach's List of Mars Links

Dr. Kirsten Siebach
Dr. Kirsten Siebach
NASA Mars Exploration Program homepage (all missions, big-picture goals, excellent explanations, tons of educational resources for all ages, and latest updates) https://mars.nasa.gov/

Perseverance mission page: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

MSL mission page: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ - I especially recommend Multimedia/Images (all press release images), “Deep Zoom” images, and Mission/Curiosity Mission Updates for blog entries every day we operate the rover

NASA excellent easy GIS website: https://trek.nasa.gov/mars/

For really detailed information about recent events on several space missions, Emily Lakdawalla at the Planetary Society has a great blog: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/

The Planetary Society in general advocates for further exploration of space: https://www.planetary.org/

There are a lot of non-professionals who download the raw images from NASA and put them together into beautiful mosaics. One of my favorites is: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomasappere/

For detailed enthusiast forum discussions about the missions and findings (links here to Perseverance forums, but there are more): Reddit https://www.reddit.com/r/PerseveranceRover/ and Unmanned Spaceflight: http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.php?showforum=80

Virtual reality tour of Mars using Curiosity images and data: http://g.co/accessmars

Google Earth allows you to switch planets to "Google Mars" and has data about different landing sites

Geological Society of America - Planetary Geology Division webpage has listings of Universities with Planetary Geology programs and student opportunities for scholarships and internships: https://community.geosociety.org/pgd/resources/student-opportunities

NASA Solar System Exploration "People" helps show the breadth of people working with NASA on solar system exploration, with their different backgrounds: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/people/

For fun- these are scrollable 360-degree Mars mosaics put together by enthusiasts: https://www.360cities.net/sets/curiosity-mars

NASA JPL set of "travel posters" for different planets and moons, available for free here: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future/

A wide variety of exploration images are available to download in full resolution here. I love the Curiosity scenes and selfies (you can look at subcategories such as "Best of Curiosity" or "Best of MRO”): https://mars.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/

Full-resolution very detailed images of the Mars surface, many with explanations from experts: https://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/

Resources and printables from NASA JPL's education interface: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2015/12/22/mars-materials-for-educators/

USGS Map of Perseverance landing site: https://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/3464/sim3464.pdf

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