Educational Resources

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.
go to GRINDVIEW web site


A data analysis tool for Mars research developed by Goddard Space Flight Center, will be adapted for use with LOLA data and made available to students.

The following activities will introduce students to the basics of laser altimetry:

Go to Wall-E feature

Mapping the Moon with Wall-E

This is a NASA Digital Learning Network program. Download the associated Educator Guide. (Grades K-4, 5-8)
Get Topography - a LIDAR simulation PDF

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)
Go to the Ping-Pong Altimetry Lab

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)


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