Missions

Return to the Moon
(aligned to fourth grade SC Science Standards)
Return to the Moon standards alignment

For the first time since 1972, a crew of astronauts is returning to the Moon.  This time, they plan to stay.  Their mission is to establish a permanent base on the Moon to observe and explore, as well as test the feasibility of off-Earth settlements.  Navigating their way into lunar orbit, students must construct and launch a probe and then analyze a variety of data gathered from the lunar surface to select a site for establishing the permanent Moon base.

Related Careers (by Team)

  • Isolation/Remote Team:  Planetary Geologist and Geoscientist
  • Navigation Team:  Planetary Cartographer
  • Probe Team:  Electrical Engineer
  • Life Support Team:  Engineer (Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical, Environmental)
  • Medical Team:  Aerospace Medicine Specialist (Flight Surgeon)

 

Rendezvous with a Comet
(aligned to eighth grade SC Science Standards)
Rendezvous with a Comet standards alignment

A team of scientists and engineers are on a daring mission to take an up-close look at comets and asteroids as they orbit our solar system.  Their goal is to plot an intercept course to rendezvous with a comet or asteroid and to launch a probe they’ve constructed to collect scientific data from the object.

Related Careers (by Team)

  • Isolation/Remote Team:  Planetary Geologist and Geoscientists, Nuclear Technician, Radiobiologist
  • Probe Team:  Electrical Engineer
  • Navigation Team:  Computer Programmer
  • Life Support Team:  Engineer (Electrical, Chemical, Mechanical, Environmental)
  • Medical Team:  Aerospace Medicine Specialist (Flight Surgeon)

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