Protect the lives and health of the
Protect the space stations systems
Protect essential space station research projects
Recruit Communications, Radiation,
Life Support and Solar Weather Watch teams.
Prepare teams for the predicted solar storm event.
In this simulation, your scheduled mission takes place on February
14, 2001. On this date, the space station glides through the silence
of space, two hundred and fifty miles above the earth. The station's
solar panels bathe in the sun's rays, generating the electrical
energy vital to the station's systems. Everything appears tranquil
and safe. A major solar flare, however, is about to erupt.
Managing the Space Stations life-sustaining systems requires
teamwork, planning, and clear-headed problem-solving ability --
especially in emergency situations.
Ninety three million miles away, this storm brews on the surface
of the sun. Suddenly a major solar storm spews ionized atomic particles,
X-rays, and gamma rays into space. The GOES-8 satellite detects
and transmits early-warning data to Mission Control. Some scientists
believe that this coronal mass ejection is the largest ever recorded.
Mission Control must warn the Astronauts on board the Space Station
and help guide them through this dangerous event. Major solar storms
invade the Earths atmosphere, create Northern Lights, disable
satellites, and knock out earth-bound electrical power grids. Both
the Astronauts and the Space Stations delicate electrical
systems will be exposed to life-threatening levels of radiation.
As this storms high-energy "fallout" pulses through
the Space Stations walls, electrical and computer systems
begin to malfunction
oxygen generation is interrupted
power supply begins to drop
and harmful radiation levels begin