The year is 2022. After months of space travel,
your team of astronauts finally arrives at its
destination, Mars. The mission directive is to
establish a base and begin building. Your first
concern is finding water beneath the surface.
With water you get a limitless supply of
hydrogen for fuel, oxygen for breathing, and, of
course, liquid for nourishment. Without water
you would have to turn around and go home before
the precious supplies you have on board run out.
The goal of this mission is
to conduct aerial reconnaissance to find an
ideal location for the first Martian base. Each
team of four to six students will control the
flight path of one M.A.R.S. surveyor plane.
Students will use their planes to scan potential
sites for two major requirements. First, they
need to find a site measuring at least 10 square
kilometers. Second, the site must contain high
concentrations of hematite, a mineral normally
formed in the presence of water.
Guided by these
requirements, each team will select a flight
path for its M.A.R.S surveyor plane and identify
an ideal site on which to build the first
Martian base. At the end of the mission,
students will decide as a group on which site to
recommend to mission control. To complete the
mission, students link live with a flight
director with the help of computers, the
Internet, and a small video camera.Download
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