MDawson Shares Activity A.1 Results

From: Jan Wee <>
Subject: MDawson Shares Activity A.1 Results
Date: Sun, 03 Nov 1996 10:30:42 -0600

Dear discuss-lfm members,

Last week I requested that members of this forum share the results of
the Explore portion of Activity A.1 (p.11 in the Live From Mars Teacher's

I thought that it would be very helpful for our PTK Team to see the questions
students have about Mars and it would be useful for comparison sake to 
see what other students across the country/globe find curious & interesting
about Mars.  Marcella Dawson, PTK Advocate from Houston, Texas sent a file
sharing the results.  I have pulled out the list a questions 
for all to see.  Thought you would find them interesting.

I would like to receive more of these lists with summaries of the class'
so please send them and I will collate these and send them along to Marc Siegel
for inclusion on our web site.

Thanks, Marcella, for sharing!

Jan Wee, Co-moderator


From: >>>>>>>>> Marcella Dawson's Students: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


1. Is there life on Mars?
2. Does Mars have plate tectonics?
3. Can life be sustained on Mars?
4. How many volcanoes are on Mars?
5. What do the different layers consist of?
6. What makes the dust red?
7. How many craters are there?
8. Why are there strange structures?
9. What chemical compounds are found on Mars?
10.Is there evidence of single-celled organisms?
11. Can humans survive on Mars?
12. What does the atmosphere contain?
13. What is the temperature range and what is the average temperature?
14. Why can't Mars have rings?
15. What resources would you need in order to have vegetation?
16. Why is Mars always picked in movies to be the home of aliens?
17. When was Mars discovered?
18. Why haven't astronauts gone to Mars?
19. How do we know that Mars and Earth could have once been similar planets?
20. Is there any seismic activity right now?
21. What types of minerals are in the rocks?
22. What is Mars' gravitational pull?
23. Are the volcanoes just over hot spots?
24. What is the composition of the dirt?
25. What is the movement of the plates?
26. What is the exact amount of water on it?
27. What is the most bountiful element?
28. How many plates are on Mars? What is the direction of plate movement?
29. What is the average wind speed?
30. What do the moons look like?
31. How old is Mars?
32. Was there any real water on Mars?
33. What is the percent of water?
34. Is there a rock cycle on Mars?
35. What are the seasons like?
36. How was Mars formed?
37. Can we ever land on Mars?
38. Have the Russians explored Mars?
39. Will anything be done to Mars by humans in later years?
40. Why do we know so little about Mars?
41. What should we know about Mars in the next few years?
42. If there were life forms on Mars, how would they have to be adapted?
43. Is it really red?
44. How is the geography different from Earth?
45. Are there any of those iron particles in the plates?
46. What happens if you melt the polar caps?
47. How high are the mountain ranges?
48. What is under the polar caps?
49. If Earth gets over crowded, will people move to Mars?
50. Can its environment change?
51. How many stars can be seen from Mars?
52. Are the boulders on Mars jagged and sharp?
53. Do asteroids and meteors burn up in the Martian atmosphere?
54. What is the pressure on Mars?
55. How long has Mars been observed?
56. What is observation of Mars good for? 
57. Would batteries and machinery work on Mars?
58. Is there any use for a barometer on Mars?
59. Why was Mars named after that god?
60. What did people long ago use to find Mars and observe it?
61. How did the theory of aliens on Mars begin?
62. What's on the other side of Mars?
63. Is there any strange stuff on its moons?
64. What does the magnetic field look like?
65. What basic instruments are used on Mars to find out about it?
66. If we use tests with water on Earth how can we use the same test on Mars?
67. What instruments are used to calculate elevations on Mars?
68. If weather erosion does take place on Mars, then how are scientists 
    able to keep up with data of elevation on Mars?
69. What's in the middle of Mars?
70. When did Olympus Mons become inactive?
71. Are there any newly formed volcanoes?
72. Do scientists use the same procedure we used to measure the diameter 
    of Mars?
73. Do scientists use the same procedure for other objects that they have to

Marcella Dawson, Science Department
St. Anne School
2120 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77098