Project Mission to Mars
This is a collection of documents to prepare and evaluate students for their Project: Mission to Mars.
Students will be able to:
- Practice creating a mission budget.
- Define mission objectives, supporting science, and background research to substantiate mission.
- Present a mission project presentation before a review board.
- Identify mission personnel currently active in NASA/Astrobiology related studies.
Context for Use
This module exposes students to the realities of creating and seeking funding for a mission to Mars in a presentation format. Students use knowledge gained throughout Mars for Earthlings to support their work. This lesson serves as a culminating activity which requires understanding of the Martian surface via Earth analog concepts.
Description and Teaching Materials
Compiled In-Class Activities and Homework
- Homework 1: Project Mission to Mars
- Mission Grading Rubric: Lesson 23: Mission to Mars Rubric (Acrobat (PDF) 56kB Oct16 12)
- Mission Progress Sheets: Lesson 23: Progress Sheet 1 (Acrobat (PDF) 78kB Mar2 16) Lesson 23: Progress Sheet 2 (Acrobat (PDF) 136kB Mar2 16)
- Mission Team Evaluation: Lesson 23: Evaluation Form (Acrobat (PDF) 94kB Mar2 16)
Teaching Notes and Tips
- For the review panel, ask other outside teachers/instructors to join the panel so students do not necessarily recognize their reviewers. TA's could be used as well.
- Students will be most successful in this project after several weeks of interpreting Mars data and relating Earth analog concepts.
- Encourage students to refer to the "Meet the Scientists" videos for potential personnel.
References and Resources
Students participate in virtual projects and activities:
Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG):