Mission to Mars Project
Citation: Gohd, Chelsea. “Mars' Closest Approach to Earth since 2003 Has given Us Especially Detailed, up-Close Views of the Red Planet. This Recent Image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Shows Mars and Its Ongoing Dust Storm in Incredible Detail.” Space.com, Purch, 31 July 2018, www.space.com/41329-mars-closest-to-earth-2018.html.
Citation: Daines, Gary. “Journey to Mars.” NASA's Journey to Mars, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1 Dec. 2014, www.nasa.gov/content/nasas-journey-to-mars.
Driving question: How can humans survive on Mars?
Learning Targets: Be able to think critically about the possibility of colonizing another planet. Be able to create a model of a colony on Mars and explain all aspects of the colony.
Directions: Your group is responsible for designing a colony on Mars. You will be able to use books and research on the computer to gather your information. We will have a presentation of all of the projects.
Here are some questions that need to be answered:
- What makes a planet habitable?
- What are the challenges of space travel to consider?
- Distance from Earth
- Time to travel
- When to leave
- What supplies will you need?
- Do you have enough room in your space launch vehicle? Imagine about the size of any empty school bus with no seats.
- What are the conditions on Mars that you have to consider? Examples: Gravity, temperature, day length, terrain
- How will these conditions affect the design of your colony?
- Challenge (Optional): Where are you going to set up your colony on Mars? Be able to justify your choice.
You will need to make a sketch of your colony after you have done your research. This must be submitted.
Final Products: Create a model of your Martian Colony along with a multimedia presentation with your justifications. Make sure you LABEL all parts of your model. You may bring in supplies to create your model or use resources we have in our classroom. Your group will present your model to the class along with a Google Slides or other presentation tool approved by the teacher.
Here are the questions the audience will have to consider during the presentations:
- Would you feel safe in this colony? Why?
- What elements of the colony did you think were the most creative?
- What suggestions can you give to make this colony better?
How long will it take to get there? https://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/venus/q2811.html
Solar panels on Mars?
You MUST cite your sources in MLA format. EXAMPLE CITATION :
Talbert, Tricia, editor. "NASA Seeks Ideas for Where on Mars the Next Giant Leap
Will Take Place." NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 25 June 2015, www.nasa.gov/journeytomars/mars-exploration-zones. Accessed 14 Oct. 2018.