Live From Mars was active July 1996-December 1997.
>>>>>>>>>>Week #2 Challenge Question RESULTS <<<<<<<<<< Congratulations to the following participants who gave the BEST answers: * 7th Grader, Bobby McDonald CDS Student * Andrea, Dustin, Jessi, Andrew, and Nick in Mrs. Robert's class Blessed Sacrament Students: Alex, Andrew. Jonathon, John Lori Darter's 2nd Grade Class Marilyn Kennedy's 4th Grade Class Andrea, Dustin, Jessi, Andrew, and Nick in Mrs. Robert's class * Chosen as this week's winners Thanks to the following classes/individuals for participating in the Challenge Question for Week #2: Susan Hurstcalderone's Class, Washington, DC Blessed Sacrament Dave Grott's Class, Millbrook, NY Alden Place Elementary Jo Lynne Robert's Class, Camas, Washington Zellerbach Elementary Mrs. Bergeron's class Owasso, OK, Owasso Mills Elementary Mrs. Wall's fourth grade class Bridgewater, Virginia John Wayland Elementary JUDY <103114.2001@CompuServe.COM> CDS Your answers were very well-thought out! Answers submitted: ************************************************************************ From: firstname.lastname@example.org Tue Oct 29 06:49:37 1996 Organization: Blessed Sacrament Subject: Challenge Question #2 Susan Hurstcalderone's Class If you stood at the rim of Valles Marinares it would not look as impressive as the Grand Canyon. For one thing, the walls of the Grand Canyon go straight down whereas, Marinares' walls slope toward the center, making it look more like a huge valley than a canyon. Jodi Paci, Jackie Muller, Robert Cooper, and Chris Donohue --------- From: email@example.com Date: Tue, 29 Oct 1996 11:04:38 -0500 Organization: Blessed Sacrament Subject: challenge question 2 Susan Hurstcalderone's Class The Valles Marineris wouldn't seem as impressive to the eye as the Grand Canyon, because, although it is much smaller, the Grand Canyon still covers the whole field of view of the naked eye. Someone cannot see the entire Valles Marineris by standing at the edge, so they would seem to be the same size. If one was in a plane thousands of feet above the surface of each planet, the size difference could clearly be seen, but at surface level, visibility is limited and in both cases all that could be seen is canyon in all directions, so they would both seem very similar. Alex Borosage, Andrew Latimer, Jonathon Moss, and John Schlegel. ----------- From: Dave Grott
Subject: CHALLENGE QUESTION #2 - Mr.Grott's Class Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 19:19:48 -0500 We think the Grand Canyon would be more impressive because the layers in the Grand Canyon vary in thickness and shading due to the Grand Canyon being made of Sedimentary Rock. The striations show multiple compositions. The atmosphere and hydrosphere of Earth would also affect how we see things and these are much less on Mars. The Canyon on Mars appears to be one color, composed of a single material. Due to the uniformity we conclude it was not made in the same manner as the Grand Canyon and not as impressive looking! ------------ From: Lori A. Darter" Subject: Challenge 2 Date: Thu, 31 Oct 96 8:35:39 EST Valles Marineris is 3000 miles long and in some places over 400 miles wide. It is 10 times the size of the Grand Canyon. It would not appear as deep because it is spread out farther than the Grand Canyon and there is nothing to establish elevation comparison. Mrs. Darter's Second Grade Class, Rustburg, Virginia ------------ From: Jo Lynne Roberts Subject: Challenge Question Two Our class worked up several replies. They are listed below. Thanks for doing this activity...it is both teaching us about Mars and challenging us to think! The reason that the Valles Marinaris isn't as impressive to the eye as the Grand Canyon is because the way the light hits the colors of the canyons makes them more interesting. from Ashley, kevin, Laura, Mindy, Bharath The Valles Marineris doesn't look very impressive to the eye because it it too far across and you can't see all of it. You can see the bottom if it is sloped, like a crater hit the area. but usually you can't see it because it is too far down. from Andrea, Dustin, jessi, Andrew, Nick The Valles Mareris would not seem as appealing to the eye because there is not shrubbery to add life to it. There is also are not colorful layers of dirt on the sides of the valley. There is no movement, except the moving dust. There are also no humans to add more life. There are no animals and no water. You can't tell the depth because all the colors blend together. So, we have decided that the Valles Marineris would not be as appealing, based on these reasons. from Ilea, Siara, Jordon, David The reason why it seems that the Valley Marineris is smaller when it is actually much bigger is that there are no shrubs or wildlife down at the bottom. When you see things down at the bottom then you think it's a longer way down. Another reason is that there are a lot of ledges. if you looked down it would look smaller. The ledges would distract your eye so you could not look all the way down. from David, Marci,Scotty,Elizabeth and Emily The reason the Valles Marineris looks less impressive to the eye has many factors included in it. the Grand Canyon has different bright layers of soil with the Colorado River winding through it, while the Valles Marineris is a dull red. Another thing is the lighting. An object closer to a light source is brighter and easier to see, which makes it more soothing to the eye. Also, the Grand Canyon has a blue sky contrasting against it, while Mars, does not. Jo Lynne Roberts Sixth Grade Zellerbach Elementary Camas, Washington...the state! ------------------------ OMills@Busprod.Com (Owasso Mills Elementary School) Subject: challenge question Date: Thu, 31 Oct 1996 14:39:35 -0600 My class came up with two possible answers. We are sending both to you since we could not come to an agreement. The canyon on Mars is much larger then ours but since the gravity is less on Mars it wouldn't be that exciting cause if you fell in Mars' Grand canyon you could flap your arms and you would probably fly back up. I think the reason it wouldn't seem as impressive to the eye is because if you compare it to the Grand Canyon in Arizona there is really nothing to compare it to. What I mean is, look at the Grand Canyon on Earth. That Grand Canyon has plants (tiny plants) and a tourist building. The one on Mars doesn't have anything to compare it to except dirt, sand, and rocks. Mrs. Bergeron's class Owasso, OK, USA ------------------------- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Marilyn Kennedy) Subject: Challenge Question 2 CHALLENGE QUESTION #2: UNIMPRESSIVE CANYON It's a matter of perspective ! When looking at the Grand Canyon, though it is very large, you can still have a "perspective" and see it as "being a part of the picture." You are able to step back and view it in relationship to other things around it. Because Valles Marineris stretches almost around a quarter of the planet Mars, a person standing in the Valley or even on its edge would find it difficult to put it in perspective. Because it is so huge, you can not stand back and put it in perspective. Everywhere you look, all you would see is Mariner Valley. When standing in this Valley, there would be no reference points or comparing points because the only images your eye would see is Mariner Valley. The only way to get a perspective is to back out into space and view it from above. It's like a ship in the middle of the ocean with only water and the horizon in view. You have no idea how far you are from land because there are no reference points. Take a boat and put it in a river or a small lake where you can see the shore line, you can look and compare and estimate how far you are from land. Mrs. Wall's fourth grade class John Wayland Elementary Bridgewater, VA ---------------------------- From: JUDY <103114.2001@CompuServe.COM> Subject: CHALLENGE QUESTION We came up with 2 good answers from 2 different students. >From Jordan Firth - a seventh grade student at CDS Since the atmosphere is thinner our eyes would not magnify the image as much. The bottom of the canyon is about 4 miles deep and the frequent dust storms would prevent visibility. These two factors would greatly decrease the impressive view of the canyon. Bobby McDonald - 7th grade CDS student Since the diameter of Mars is about half of the Earth and the canyon is approximately 3,000 miles wide, the curvature of the planet would not allow you to see the entire canyon. These are student generated ideas only typed by the teacher! ------------------