Space Math: Ice on Mercury?
Topic: Ice in the Solar System
Grade Level: 9-12
Mission: MESSENGER (Mercury)
Short Description: Since the 1990's, radio astronomers have mapped Mercury. An outstanding curiosity is that in the polar regions, some craters appear to have "anomalous reflectivity" in the shadowed areas of these craters. One interpretation is that this is caused by sub-surface ice
Space Math: LRO Makes a Temperature Map of the Lunar South Pole
Topic: Ice in the Solar System, Space Math
Grade Level: 5-8
Body: Earth's Moon
Mission: Lunar Recon Orbiter (Earth's Moon)
Short Description: Students use the published LRO temperature map to study the scale of the south polar region, the sizes of its craters and estimate the volume of water-ice that may be present in Shackleton Crater.