Live From Mars was active July 1996-December 1997.

Challenge Questions

Classroom Responses

>>>>>>>>>>Week #4 Challenge Question RESULTS <<<<<<<<<<
RESULTS:  Challenge Question #4 -- four participants had
          the answer 100% correct, so we drew a name for the winning
          entry and RICK KIRST's 4th and 5th graders (Anastasia,
          Marco, Jeff and Daniel) won the drawing.

          Congratulations to all who hit the answer right on the head!

             Honorable Mention:  Mrs. Elaine Heines' Fourth Graders from
                 Palm Bay, Florida;  Linda Lund's Christian Academy
                 8th grade students; Katie, Ian and Jessie in Rick
                 Kirst's Class; Charlotte Steven's students (Ryan, Jason
              Linsey, Billy, Chris, Diana, John, Michael and Paul);
                        and Darlene Taylor's Mesa Class.

             Bonus Question Winner:  Linda Lund's Christian Academy - 8th
                        Graders.  Congratulations!


ANSWERS from Participants:

From: Amy J Michael

Since Olympus Mons is a volcano, could its counterpart be Llullaillaco in

Amy Michael


The Highest mountain on earth is K2.

Max Gillmor


From:  Mrs. Elaine S. Heine and the 4th GSP at Lockmar Elementary, Palm
Bay, FL

Mauna Kea is an extinct volcano in Hawaii rising from the ocean bottom.
Like Olympus Mons it would be the largest volcano on the planet.

From: Linda Lund

Love Christian Academy 8th Grade 13 and 14 yr. olds

The highest feature on earth is Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii.

Bonus:  On Earth we measure above sea level.  On Mars there is no
water.  A part of Mauna Kea is below the sea level, and the part
above the water is not as high as Mt. Everest.  That is why Mt.
Everest is considered the highest mt. on earth.

From: Rick Kirst's Class
Question: Olympus Mons is the highest feature on Mars. What is it's
counterpart on Earth?

Our answer: The Hawaiian volcano named Mauna Kea from bellow sea level
is Olympus Mons' counterpart on Earth.  We thought that since Mt.
Everest is not a volcano but  Mauna Kea is, and since it is extremely
tall, we thought that it was the right answer.

Anastasia Hill, Marco Calderon, Jeff Murray, and Daniel Otero
Rick Kirst's 4th/5th grade class.


From: Rick Kirst's Class
We think the answer to challenge question #4 is Mauna Kea, because
Mauna Kea is the largest volcano from ocean floor, on earth. And
Olympus Mons is the tallest volcano on Mars.

            -Katie, Ian, and Jesse.

From: Charlotte Stevens

Several of my students have named Mauna Kea in the Hawaiian Islands as
Earth's counterpart to Olympus Mons.  They explain this by describing
measuring Hawaii from the bottom of the seafloor to the top of the shield
volcano, which makes Hawaii the highest mountain on Earth.  If Earth were
viewed by satellite or spacecraft from above and did not have water it
would be similar to Mars.  If Mars were
underwater perhaps Olympus Mons would be partially submerged as well.

The students that submitted this answer were:

Ryan Vogel
Jason Hoot
Linsey Woods
Billy Ott
Chris Dunn
Diana Dinis
John Gavrila
Michael Fumero
Paul Wells

Charlotte Stevens
8th grade teacher
Taylor Road Middle School
Alpharetta, Georgia USA


From: Darlene Taylor
From Dixon Middle School Mesa Class

We think that the counterpart of Olympus Mons would be Mauna Kea in
Hawaii.  It has an elevation of 13,796 feet plus around 16,000 feet
that is under the ocean.  If the mountain is measured at its base
then that would make the mountain over 30,000 feet which is higher
than Mount Everest (average 29,000 feet).  Mauna Loa would probably
be second because its elevation is 13,680 feet above sea level,
making it higher than Mt. Everest also.