Astronauts are currently training on Earth for future missions to Mars. To prepare for the planetary science work they’ll conduct on Mars, they first study satellite imagery. This enables them to understand the planet’s geological history and determine which areas are worthy of further exploration. The astronauts then train in geology, during practice missions on Earth, so they’ll be prepared to identify scientific discoveries on Mars.
In this playlist, students will discover the complex geology of Planet Earth through the training experiences of these astronauts. Students will first learn how to identify notable features using satellite imagery, then they will engage in hands-on activities that will give them an understanding of the forces that shape geological history.
Describes the discipline of Astro-geology, why astronauts study geology, and how Devon Island prepares astronauts for space exploration.
Remote Sensing and Ground Truthing. Procedures and technologies used to study celestial bodies.
Layers of the Earth. Describes the structure (layers) of the Earth and how impact craters allow us to study this.
Comparing Earth to Other Planets. Comparing the surface conditions of Earth to the moon, Mars and Venus.
Proposed methods and procedures for extracting resources from asteroids and other planets in the future.
Describes Canadian contribution in the past and present, impact craters in Canada and how they provide training opportunities for astronauts.