Author Archives: James Oliver

Mars Yard Maps now even easier to use!

We have been busy at the Mars Lab adding improvements to all our software and would to share a few of the new features in Mars Yard Maps (MYM) to make it even easier to navigate complex maps.

When you select a pin in 2D you now get a visual clue to which pin is selected.

2D Pin Bounce

2D Pin Bounce

Likewise in 3D mode you get a visual clue.

3D Pin Bounce

3D Pin Bounce

If you have too many pins close to each other we have a multiple pin selection dialog to help you out.

Mars Yard Maps Multi Pin Select

Mars Yard Maps Multi Pin Select

Mars Lab visits PLC Melbourne

Mars Lab visited PLC Melbourne to experience the mission’s from the school. All up the young ladies completed 4 separate missions!

Mars Mission 5 at PLC Melbourne

Mars Mission 5 at PLC Melbourne

It was amazing to see just how the PLC teachers used the model of the solar system to teach size and scale. The work was proudly on display.

PLC Melbourne Planet Models

PLC Melbourne Planet Models

Mars Lab has even inspired a creative writing project. I can’t wait to see how it ends!

Mars Lab inspiring creative writing

Mars Lab inspiring creative writing

Merrylands Project Mars Mission

Today Merrylands embarked on a mission to collect data for their project Mars.

Setting up the studio

Setting up the studio

Mawson was navagated expertly accross the yard by young people from Merrylands HS to conduct spectroscopy experiments on sites identified as potentially interesting.

Mawson exploring the yard

Mawson exploring the yard

Mawson traversed dangerous terrain successfully by taking a safe path over complex terrain.

Mawson preparing to explore the crater

Mawson preparing to explore the crater

Young people from Merrylands HS driving Mawson

Young people from Merrylands HS driving Mawson

The young people were interviewed during the mission to document the process!

Young people from Merrylands conducting interviews on the mission

Young people from Merrylands conducting interviews on the mission

For more excitement from the day follow @themarslab on twitter. If you are interested in running your own mission on Mars take a look at our education programs and don’t hesitate to contact us!

Mission to Mars

During the holidays a mission to Mars was completed on the mars yard. The mission was a success with many interesting findings. Young people took control of the rover, planned their mission and executed from mission control remotely.

Mission to Mars group shot

Mission to Mars group shot

Group shot cheering!

Group shot cheering!