Congratulations! You have completed Mission
Specialist training. Next you will need to be assigned to a team
and begin practicing for mission day.
Like early-warning forecasters, the STORM
Team monitors solar weather conditions and makes predictions. This
team will report any unusual X-ray activity in space and will monitor
the suns output of radioactive protons as reported by the GOES-8
The Radiation Team tracks radiation levels
on board the space station. They will monitor the astronauts
potential dose rates. and make recommendations to Mission Control
regarding what steps the astronauts can take to protect themselves.
The Life Support Team monitors the atmospheric
pressure in the space station and tracks the partial pressure of oxygen
and carbon dioxide. This team will use this information to predict
dangerous atmospheric conditions. It will make recommendations regarding
what steps should be taken by the astronauts in case of life-threatening
changes in the atmosphere inside the space station.
Just before mission day, several students will be chosen from among
the three teams above to form the Crisis Management Team. It will
be the responsibility of each member of this team to help their teammates
analyze the situation on the space station as changes occur, formulate
action plans, and report any changes.
Just before mission day, two or three students will be chosen from
among the three data teams above to form the Communications Team.
This team will gather all team reports and communicate pertinent results
to Mission Control every 5 minutes. The Communications Team will also
be responsible for making sure Mission Control receives the information
it needs to assist the astronauts.