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Education and Public Outreach

Just as the LOLA instrument builds on the heritage of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) and Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) instruments, the LOLA education and public outreach (E/PO) plan builds on the success and experience of the MOLA and MLA E/PO plans. The objectives of the LOLA E/PO program are to:

go to GRINDVIEW web site
A data analysis tool for Mars research developed by Goddard Space Flight Center, will be adapted for use with LOLA data and made available to students.

These activities will introduce students to the basics of laser altimetry:

Go to Wall-E feature
Mapping the Moon with Wall-E
This is a NASA Digital Learning Network program. Download the associated Educator Guide. (Grades K-4, 5-8)
Get Topography - a LIDAR simulation PDF
Topography - a LIDAR simulation
The student will describe current efforts and technologies used to study the universe (optical telescopes, radio telescopes, spectroscopes, satellites, space probes, manned missions) (Grades 9-12)
Go to the Ping-Pong Altimetry Lab
Ping-Pong Altimetry Lab
The student will understand, through a hands-on experience, the basic concepts behind the use and working of a laser altimeter for the study of solar system topography. (Grades 9-12)

For more lunar activities, visit the LRO Educational Materials page

Goddard Space Flight Center