Take your own picture of Mars using a spacecraft currently orbiting the planet. The Mars Student Imaging Project invites students to design a research question, use real mission tools to operate the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft’s camera, and then analyze the captured image and data to make new scientific discoveries. The project is open to U.S. students in grades 5 through to college sophomore level, with the accompaniment of an adult facilitator. In some circumstances, students in countries outside the U.S. can participate by partnering with a U.S. school.

(image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU)