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Of all the planets in our solar system, none has captured our collective imagination like Mars. The quest to send humans to Mars has engaged the top minds in science in a modern-day space race.

Click the button below to download the educator guide which contains activities designed to help students research questions related to geology or exobiology and explore all twenty-two features on the surface of the red planet. 

Educator Guide

On the National Geographic Channel

On the National Geographic Channel  

MARS, a six-part global event series on the National Geographic Channel, tells the inspiring story of the settlement of Mars from the vantage point of a fictional mission to Mars in 2033. The series combines scripted drama paired with documentary sequences featuring scientists and innovators who are leading the research and development of space technology that will make a future mission to settle Mars possible.

Tune in for season two which premiers November 12th, 2018. For more information on MARS,visit the National Geographic Channel

From the Magazine

National Geographic Magazine: Mars Map

National Geographic Magazine: Mars Map  

Examine National Geographic magazine’s map of Mars constructed from a mosaic of images taken by NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor.

A Human Settlement on Mars?

A Human Settlement on Mars?  

Establishing a human settlement on Mars is a daunting task, and this graphic depicts what some scientists think that enterprise could look like based on recent research.

Clips from MARS on the National Geographic Channel

Image of a theoretical blueprint for a Mars outpost.

Settling Mars  

What would it take to establish a settlement on the Red Planet?

An image of the surface of Mars.

Earth and Mars  

What physical challenges would people face during a long-term, deep-space mission to Mars?

An image of the entrance of a lava tube in Hawaii.

Surviving Mars  

For an outpost on Mars to succeed, we will need to ensure the basic requirements for life are met and protect ourselves from cosmic radiation.

An image of a scientist taking samples in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.

Life in Extreme Places  

If life can exist in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, can it also be present on Mars?

Classroom Resources

Teach about Mars, the solar system, research, and space exploration with the resources below.

NASA Resources

Learn more about NASA, the International Space Station, and Mars.

NASA for Educators  

Teaching about outer space? Check out NASA’s collection of educational resources and list of educator opportunities.

Space Station  

Learn more about the International Space Station and its crew and explore NASA images depicting life in space and preparation for a spacecraft launch.

ISS Commander Discusses Life in Space  

Commander Shane Kimbrough answered questions from Washington DC students in-flight aboard the International Space Station during an event at the National Geographic Society on Nov. 3, 2016. 

Curiosity Overview  

The rover Curiosity is on a long-term mission to explore Mars and determine its habitability by looking for evidence that microbes were present in the past.

NASA's Journey to Mars  

NASA’s current goal is to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and to Mars in the 2030s, as outlined in NASA Authorization Act and U.S. National Space Policy in 2010.