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Mission Scenarios Descriptions & Information

Classic Missions

Any of the three classic mission scenarios below can be scheduled for students in grades 1 through 8.

Our 2-hour  programs for grades 1 through 4 consist of a 1-hour simulated space mission in our NASA-designed Spacecraft simulator, and a 1-hour hands-on space-science activity.

Our 2.5-hour  programs for grades 5 through 8 consist of a simulated space mission in both our Spacecraft and Mission Control NASA-designed simulators.

RETURN Return to the Moon

Youth Program recommended for grades 1 through 4.
Regular Program recommended for grades 5 through 6.

In the not too distant future, astronauts are returning to the Moon in order to establish a permanent, self-sustaining settlement that will To T. e eventually become a stepping-stone for future MOON• planetary exploration by humans. The crew onboard the Spacecraft must work together and with Mission Control to accomplish the tasks necessary for a successful lunar landing, but will they be able to solve the emergencies they encounter on their journey to the Moon?

Voyage to Mars

Youth Program recommended for grades 1 through 4.
Regular Program recommended for grades 5 through 8.

In the latter part of the 21st Century, a now routine voyage to Mars has brought a crew of astronauts to the red planet to replace a group lo_ of astronauts that have been living on Mars for MARS' nearly two years. The Spacecraft astronauts and those working in Mission Control on the Martian surface need to perform a variety of scientific experiments, conduct space research, and even construct a probe, before the crew transfer can be successfully completed - but will the mission be jeopardized by the enormous dust storms that plague the red planet?

Rendezvous With A Comet

Youth Program recommended for grades 1 through 4.
Regular Program recommended for grades 5 through 6.

The year is 2036 and a crew of astronauts aboard a small and maneuverable Spacecraft is performing the necessary tasks to rendezvous with and collect material from the short-period comet known as "Encke." Will the Spacecraft crew, with help from Mission Control, intercept the comet in time, and, more importantly, will they be able to respond to any small and mysterious objects they may encounter along the way?

Modern Missions

Any of the three modern mission scenarios below can be scheduled for students in grades 6 through 12.

Our 2.5-hour  programs for grades 6 through 12 consist of a simulated space mission in both our Spacecraft and Mission Control NASA-designed simulators.

Lunar Quest

Regular Program recommended for grades 8 through 12.

In the near future, humans have set up a series of permanent research habitats on the Moon. The primary habitat is Moon Base Alpha, home to dozens of astronauts and scientists who take advantage of their location on the Moon to study the Moon itself as well as other planets and beyond. In order to expand our reach on the lunar surface even further, more building materials are required. Bringing supplies all the way from Earth is very inefficient and expensive, so a series of mining operations have been set up around the Moon. Human operated vehicles and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) work together searching for titanium and iron deposits. Scouting for and mining these sites can be dangerous work, but will the Mission Control and Spacecraft crews succeed in their quest to ensure the survival of Moon Base Alpha?

Expedition Mars

Regular Program recommended for grades 6 through 10.

The year is 2070. Humans have established permanent habitats on the surface of Mars but the main point of operation is a Mission Control base on the Martian moon, Phobos. With its low gravity and high temperature, Phobos is a great place for an orbital Mission Control station. Mars Transport Spacecraft leave Phobos on a daily basis and trawl down to the surface of Mars to conduct research and search for water and any for any evidence that life might exist on the Red Planet. Maneuvering around Mars, and scouting for water and signs of life can be dangerous work, but will these human pioneers have the skills to work together and confront the daily Martian hazards that challenge survival in order to succeed in their expedition in search of water... and possibly life?

Earth Odyssey

Regular Program recommended for grades 6 through 10.

The Earth Odyssey adventure takes place in the near future during a Solar max year where several large sunspots have formed on the Sun's surface. Four weeks ago a major Corona! Mass Ejection (CME) blasted away from the sun and headed towards the Earth. Astronauts aboard a Space Station in low earth orbit were safely evacuated due to the potential damage the CME could have done to the Space Station and its crew. No damage was done to the Space Station: however a few critical Earth-orbiting satellites were disabled. These satellites were responsible for collecting Earth Science information and without them we can no longer effectively detect the many potentially hazardous environmental changes that happen on the Earth. Going back into orbit with an astronaut crew during such a turbulent time of Solar Activity is risky, but can they succeed in their new odyssey to repair and restore the network of satellites damaged by the CME?