This site history was just a small part of a major revision that the Mission to Mars site underwent in December 1997 and early January 1998. For current users, this might be interesting background on the short history of Mission to Mars; since we hope that the site will continue to grow, this page should be a fun chronicle of Mission to Mars's evolution.
- January 10, 1998
- Search feature added to the informational pages at the Mars Academy.
- January 7, 1998
- Site history added to the Mission to Mars homepage.
- December 21, 1997 to January 5, 1998
- Mission to Mars significantly renovated over this period; many of the revisions were internal and several were designed to fix bugs. The site received a new battery of logos, designed to add continuity to several sections of Mission to Mars and to aid in the effort to tighten up the navigational interface. Among the changes were:
- bug in Mars Academy graduation fixed
- bugs in Discussion Forum fixed
- reorganization of Mars Map and Discussion Forum for internal streamlining
- reworking of the Mission Headquarters page for easier assembly of parts
- new, lighter logo for all MTM pages
- standard background white rather than black (for easier printing and displaying of pages in classrooms)
- Mars Map received its own logo (for increased continuity)
- Discussion Forum received additional and revised logos (for better flow and appearance)
- December 21, 1997
The Griffith Observatory, a city-funded research center in Los Angeles, selected Mission to Mars as its Star Award winner for the week December 21-27.
- November 24, 1997
- At the ThinkQuest finals weekend and awards ceremony, Mission to Mars received first place in the Science & Mathematics category.
- October 16, 1997
- ThinkQuest announced the finalists in its contest. Mission to Mars was one of 37 finalists, all of whom got to fly to Washington DC to meet the other US and international finalists.
- September 15, 1997
- Mission to Mars made the semi-finalist cut in ThinkQuest.
- July 31, 1997
- The day of the ThinkQuest deadline, Mission to Mars was officially submitted as an entry in the contest.
- February to July 1997
Students in Memphis, Tennessee and Madison, Wisconsin worked to create Mission to Mars, researching and writing the scientific material, finding and processing the pictures and planning and executing the technical aspects of the mission.
Created: December 28, 1997.
Last updated: December 28, 1997.
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Mission to Mars. An educational site created for the ThinkQuest contest.