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Return to the Moon Scenario

Return to the Moon

The year is 2026. Follow in the footsteps of Apollo Astronauts as you return to the Moon to establish a permanent research base. After the thrill of lift-off, you and your team of Astronauts and Mission Controllers work together to navigate the spacecraft to the Moon. On the journey, you build and launch a rover, collect mineral data and select the best landing site. Your success is a crucial stepping stone in humanity’s quest to travel onward to Mars.

 

The Mission Storyline:

On July 20, 1969 astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto a desolate surface no human had touched before. Half a century later, humans are returning to the Moon. This time to build the most complex habitat ever conceived in a hostile landscape. Inhabiting the Moon will not be easy, but the benefits far outweigh the risks. Such a mission will allow humankind to:

  • Pursue science
  • Observe the universe from a place with little atmosphere
  • Build a self-sustaining reusable habitat
  • Test developing technologies and equipment for future Mars missions and beyond 

Can you and your team cope with the hazards of space travel and landing on an alien surface? Achieving a successful mission will depend on teamwork, communication and problem solving skills.

Glossary

Team Descriptions:

Navigation (NAV) Team:  Pilot

Pilots are responsible for flight operations on a spaceship. Getting to the Moon isn't easy.

The NAV team will:
  • Keep the spacecraft on course by triangulating it's position
  • Determine the thrust required for orbit
  • Identify possible landing sites
  • Land safely on the Moon

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Remote (REM) Team: (Geologist)

Lunar Geologists study surface features and mineral composition.

The REM team will:
  • Work in a glovebox to investigate properties of lunar rocks and regolith 
  • Test for magnetism and pattern texture 
  • Select the best location for a mining base
  • Use a Rover and spectrometer to graph properties of the lunar resources

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PROBE Team: (Electronic Engineer)

Engineers design, build and launch space probes to conduct experiments and collect science data.

The Probe team will:
  • Assemble and deploy a rover to the lunar surface
  • Retrieve a stranded satellite 
  • Analyze mineral compounds from the lunar Highland and Lowland regions
  • Select a suitable landing site

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SPACE WEATHER (SW) Team: (Solar Scientist)

Solar Scientists study sunspots and solar explosions. These kinds of solar activities can threaten satellites, interfere with electrical systems and threaten the astronauts' health.

The SW team will:
  • Deploy an antenna to study the Sun's activity
  • Analyze satellite data
  • Measure gigantic sunspots
  • Classify and track solar eruptions

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LIFE SUPPORT (LS) Team: (Environmental Scientist)

Your may not notice when you are breathing but you will certainly notice when you are not.  Vital to human survival in outer space, Life Support Scientists manage and monitor the revitalization of water, oxygen and waste.  These systems work together to provide astronauts with an Earth-like environment.

The LS team will:
  • Check numerous gauges
  • Change oxygen filters
  • Test the pH and TDS (Totally Dissolved Solids) of the water system
  • Monitor plants in a hydroponics garden

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ISOLATION (ISO) Team: (Robotic Engineer)

To reduce reduce the risks to humans, Robotic Engineers use robots to perform dangerous tasks and handle hazardous materials.

The ISO team will:
  • Use robotic arms to handle dangerous materials 
  • Weigh chemicals samples
  • Measure radioactive filters
  • Handle Nuclear Rods

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MEDICAL (MED) Team: (Flight Surgeon)

The Medic carefully monitors the health of the astronauts who face many physical changes in space.

The MED team will:
  • Test the astronauts’ vision and hearing
  • Monitor breathing rates and skin temperature
  • Check pulse rate and blood pressure
  • Monitor radiation levels

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DATA (DATA) Team: (Electronic Mail Manager)

Sending and receiving scientific data accurately is one of the main goals of a space mission.

The DATA team will:
  • Send and receive electronic messages between the Spacecraft and Mission Control
  • Prioritize and accurately transmit science data 
  • Manage the flow of information

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COMMUNICATION (COM) Team: (Public Speaker)

Vital to good teamwork are strong communication and leadership skills. Equally important is the ability to absorb large quantities of information quickly and to sum it up concisely.

The COM team will:
  • Use microphones to send and receive verbal messages between the Spacecraft and Mission Control.
  • Ensure the accuracy and safe delivery of vital information
  • Manage the flow of communication

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MEDIA Team: (News Reporter)

Journalist gather and document events and write compelling stories to share with the public.

The Media team will:
  • Gather information and chronicle the stages of the mission
  • Interview the crewmembers
  • Take pictures and videos for a post-flight reflection and press conference (bring your own tablet or recording equipment)
  • Prepare an article to be published in your school’s Newsletter

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