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:
Inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through the infusion of lunar data into the classroom (K-12 and undergraduate).
Reach a broad, diverse audience by distributing materials through various existing networks.
Produce lunar 3-D topographic models that can be used in a variety of venues with a variety of audiences.
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)
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)