Our Mission Control staff works at e-Mission
Headquarters located at the Challenger Learning Center. When
nature's forces threaten people around the world, they come
to us for advice. Using our scientific knowledge and tools,
we try to prepare them for the potential damage nature can cause.
Mission Control needs Emergency Response Teams, or ERTs, to
help. ERT members work together. They investigate what might
happen to the Earth's many systems during a crisis. ERT investigators
must stay calm and cooperate with other ERTs in order to succeed
during an e-Mission.
Mission Control uses special scientific equipment
installed aboard a Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) satellite. We also
receive critical information from NASA and the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration. This information helps us measure
the forces released by natural events. Our ERT partners study
these measurements (also called "data"). With this
data they try to predict the effects natural events will have
on people and the environment. The valuable advice our ERTs
offer helps people in danger.
Three of the most important missions we have
completed were e-Mission: Yellowstone; e-Mission: Mt. Pinatubo;
and e-Mission: Hurricane Georges. During each of these natural
events, the science, math, and map-reading skills of Emergency
Response Teams were very helpful in saving lives and protecting
ecosystems. To prepare for e-Mission: Operation Montserrat,
you will study our success on these previous missions.