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Walk to Mars

Raised toward our $35,000 Goal
26 Donors
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Project ended on December 31, at 05:00 PM MST
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Walk to Mars

Taking Pictures of Mars from ASU

ASU’s Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), designed by Regents’ Professor Phil Christensen and currently orbiting Mars onboard NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft, has acquired over 270,000 infrared images of the Martian surface since arriving at Mars on October 24th, 2001. Using the best 24,000 images from the past 18 years, ASU researcher Jonathon Hill has created a complete global map of Mars with a resolution of 100 meters/pixel, which is enough to resolve objects the size of a football field anywhere on the planet.

Sharing the THEMIS Global Mars Map

Last year the THEMIS team printed this global map on a basketball court-sized vinyl mat, so that non-scientists can walk across the map and explore Mars for themselves. The "Walk on Mars" map has been displayed at 27 events so far and over 6,300 participants have explored it, either with ASU’s Mars scientists acting as tour guides or on their own using our Mars Geography and Mars Landing Site scavenger hunt activities. To see pictures of the “Walk on Mars” map in action, visit our website at:

Expanding Our Program

Our participants have enjoyed exploring Mars with us so much that we want to bring the experience to an even larger audience! But to do that, the "Walk on Mars" program will need to expand and grow.

Walk TO Mars

The new "Walk to Mars" program will allow our visitors to follow the path that our astronauts will take on their way to exploring Mars! Participants will be able to walk across giant maps of the Earth, Moon AND Mars, all colorized using the same elevation color scale. This will allow them to learn about each planetary body, as well as start to compare and contrast them, just like planetary scientists do!

But we certainly can’t do a project of this size by ourselves!

We’re asking all supporters of space exploration around the world to help the THEMIS team raise the $35,000 needed to print our world record-setting maps of the Earth, Moon and Mars so we can share the excitement of space exploration with the public who make it possible!

Click on the "Give Now" button above to contribute to the new "Walk to Mars" project and help spread the excitement of space exploration! All donors can enter the contribution amount of their choice (min: $5) and can chose to join our supporters mailing list to receive special updates leading up to our first expanded event. Those who contribute at, or above, the special giving levels will receive small tokens of our appreciation, which are listed along with each level. Contributors who are not in the Tempe area and cannot travel to see the map at our first event may chose to redeem their gifts at a future event in their area or receive an alternate token of our appreciation.


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Years in Space

Help us celebrate the 18th anniversary of Odyssey and THEMIS arriving at Mars!


Humans to Mars

Looking forward to 2035, when NASA aims to send humans to Mars! Donors at this level will receive a special photo/selfie opportunity at our first event.


100% of Mars

Congratulating THEMIS on taking images of 100% of the Martian surface! Donors at this level will receive two invitations to view the map before it opens to the public.


Orbiting Mars

Contributing 1 penny for each of the 79,000 orbits Odyssey has made around Mars over the last 18 years! Donors at this level will receive a group invitation (max 6) to view the map before it opens to the public and will be listed as a co-sponsor of the map.


2001: A Space Odyssey

$2,001 – 2001: A Space Odyssey Honoring Mars Odyssey’s namesake, Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey”! Donors at this level will receive invitations to watch the team set-up the map and be among the first to walk on it, in addition to being listed as a sponsor of the map.

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