Live From Mars was active July 1996-December 1997.

Welcome to the Live From Mars site!

This page is designed to help you navigate our extensive resources and assist your efforts in locating key information within our site. Our electronic field trip, Live From Mars, is active during the 1997-1998 school year and presents opportunities for educators to incorporate

You will find essential information about all three components within this TOUR. Our web site is composed of three types of resources: INFORMATIONAL, INTERACTIVE, and COLLABORATIVE and SHARING.


If you need background details about LIVE FROM MARS, these links will help you find the KEY information:

  1. Visit the WELCOME to LIVE FROM MARS and find background information about this project, how to implement electronic field trips in your classroom, how to order the Live From Mars Teacher's Guide or Kit, and how to receive weekly update newsletters via email.

  2. Access the Live From Mars Teacher's Guide (lessons, activities, etc.). It is found in both text and Adobe Acrobat format here!

  3. The live telecasts are a centerpiece of our project. You will find all the logistical details to help you access the programs, program overviews, and PBS coverage.

  4. Find out about the Mars Mission Team, who they are, why they selected their career, what specific role they play, and the challenges they face.

  5. Life on Mars and other interesting Mars-related articles will provide you and your students with lots of ideas for discussion starters.

  6. Share these exciting IMAGES with your students -- you will find images from past, present, and current missions as well as Mars images from the Hubble Space Telescope!

  7. Visit the Mars-related web links to the Mars Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars '96, Mars Together, and more!

STEP TW0: INTERACTIVE RESOURCES --- Getting you and your students INVOLVED!
  1. Do your students have questions about Mars? They can submit those questions and receive answers from the experts through our Ask the Mars Team service. Tips for asking good questions and the logistics of how to send them are found here.

  2. Teachers need to collaborate, share resources, ideas, and concerns. We have the perfect e-mail forum for finding lots of support and assistance -- discuss-lfm. You can access our archive of postings and even subscribe via the web.

  3. WebChat provides a unique opportunity to enhance your students and your own involvement in Live From Mars. Details on weekly WebChats with experts are listed.

  4. Students will enjoy participating in our Weekly Challenge Questions which test their super sleuth skills. These brain teasers about Mars will have your students thinking about some very unique science concepts and using their higher level thinking skills. Winners are announced weekly.

STEP THREE: COLLABORATIVE and SHARING RESOURCES -- Expand and enrich your students' experiences!

  1. An exciting online activity, The Planet Explorer Toolkit, will have your students engaged as "planetary scientists" through research, class debate, online debate, data collection and sharing via the web. Don't miss this special activity which will feature online experts and "Where In the World is This Mystery Site?" competition.

  2. Students are invited to compose their own "Challenge Questions" and pose them for other kids to solve. Check out Student Stumpers and have your students challenged!

  3. Kid's Corner provides a showcase for student-generated work and sharing of Live From Mars classroom activities. Find out how much fun other classes are having as they participate in LFM lessons, build balloon rockets, turn their classroom into a Martian landscape, and explore the LFM resources!

    We would like your feedback! If there are ways to improve this TOUR or if you have questions about the Live From Mars project, please email us at