Future Mars Missions and Societal Issues
This learning module and related exercises will expose students the issues of space exploration and the other NASA-partnering agencies and institutions as well as private companies engaged in space-related technology.
- Become aware of NASA partnering agencies and private companies engaged in space-related technology
- Design a mission and experience the panel review/decision process
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
- In-Class Activity 1: Manned-Space Flight: Is it needful?
- In-Class Activity 2: Space flight going private
- Homework 1: Mission to Mars-Student/Team Project
Teaching Notes and Tips
- In-Class Activities are meant to be instructor-guided without the use of worksheets (although provided) in a discussion format. The Image File, found in Resources, associated with this teaching module should allow ease of implementation in this modality.
- In the Instructor version, answers (where applicable) are show [in red]. The Instructor Version, presented here online, has answers in [brackets]. A Student Version is not necessary for this module at this time.
- For Homework 1: Mission to Mars make sure all topics are covered that will allow students to be successful prior to the project deadline.
- Provide students the Mission to Mars Rubric early in the term so they can prepare for what will be graded.
- Become aware of the issues yourself before engaging in a discussion with students regarding privatization.
Each In-Class Activity and Homework has its own measure of Assessment.
References and Resources
- Instructor Version here: Issues of Space Exploration Instructor Version (Acrobat (PDF) 120kB Oct31 12)
- Mission to Mars Rubric (Acrobat (PDF) 56kB Oct16 12)
- Space X Press Release (Acrobat (PDF) 177kB Oct16 12)
- Manned-Space flight News Article (find most recent): http://www.science20.com/brinstorming/near_future_manned_spaceflight-93648
- NASA Human Space Flight Goals: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/626738main_HEOMD2012Goals.pdf
- NASA roadmap for Astrobiology: https://astrobiology.nasa.gov/roadmap/
- Space-X CEO Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiPJsI8pl8Q&feature=related
- Space X's Dragon spacecraft docking with the ISS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwDCWTqNceQ&feature=player_embedded