Virtual Missions are space-themed virtual experiences delivered to students in real-time by Challenger Learning Center Staff using video conference technology—perfect for in-person, remote & hybrid classrooms. Students practice critical 21st century skills including teamwork, collaboration & problem-solving.
Researchers are ready to return to the Moon to explore its surface and establish a second habitat for astronauts to live and work.
To get there, your students will work in teams to launch and fly Blue Orgin’s reusable launch vehicle, New Glenn, into orbit; safely land Blue Origin’s lunar lander, Blue Moon, on the lunar surface; and prepare to explore the Moon’s surface. While in orbit, they’ll monitor for potentially dangerous space weather and space debris, conduct safety checks on the spacecraft systems, deploy and monitor satellites, and launch payloads.
With the journey underway, your students in Mission Control learn there’s an emergency on the original lunar habitat. They’ll collaborate with another crew to problem-solve and troubleshoot the emergency. Will the crews solve the urgent issue? A successful mission depends on it.
Researchers are ready to explore Mars, but there’s one problem—more than 40 million miles separate Earth from the Red Planet. This distance makes it impossible to travel back and forth between the two planets while completing our research. We need to build a base on one of the Red Planet’s moons, Deimos or Phobos, that will allow us to send a spacecraft to the surface of Mars and back in the fastest and safest way possible.
Your students will work in teams to select which moon is best to build our base by analyzing three sets of data collected by rovers on Deimos and Phobos.
The team’s research efforts come to a halt when they encounter a critical emergency. To successfully explore Mars’ moons and complete the mission, your students must work together to protect the rovers and restore communication, analyze the data from their experiments, and select a moon to build a base.
Space Themed Virtual Mission
A group of 8-24 students.
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