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Mission to Mars- Student/Team Project

Homework 1_Space Issues

Julia Kahmann-Robinson PhD and Marjorie Chan PhD, University of Utah Department of Geology & Geophysics


Have students catch a glimpse of how space missions are planned and operated, experience a decision panel, and gain confidence with public presentations.


  1. Provide students with this Project Guideline/Expectation sheet
  2. Choose a decision panel members and ask for their participation in advance.

Mission to Mars


  1. Pick or assign a team of at least 4 students beginning or mid-term/semester.
  2. Schedule Approval Date for Topic
  3. Mid-Point deadline: Teams submits outlines or project

Mission Elements*

*see Rubric for specifics

Presentation Length: 15-20 min or otherwise designated


Pick a panel of 3 persons to listen and critique students projects

Prepare and Print off critiquing rubrics for panel to utilize during presentations (see Resources in module shell: The Issues of Space Exploration)