Mission to the ISS sends students on a simulated mission to the International Space Station. The course treats participants as members of a class of cadets, in training for their first mission to space. Cadets undergo pre-flight training, launch to space and arrive at the International Space Station (ISS). Cadets consider the challenges and rewards of working on the ISS, learn to adapt to life in space and observe Earth from orbit. Once cadets return (safely!) to Earth, they prepare a Science Mission Report, reflecting on the significance of investigating Earth from space.
Mission to the ISS was developed in collaboration with astronauts, and is very realistic. ISS is an amazing outpost in space; cadets learn how it was assembled, how it operates as a multi-national program and how to live, eat, sleep and work on the international lab as it orbits the Earth. The mission focuses on Earth observation and photography. ISS offers a great vantage point to learn about and explore Earth. Cadets experience the view out the ISS windows, work with the same mapping and targeting software as the astronauts, and explore hundreds of dramatic images. Before returning home, cadets also explore how solar panels provide electricity to the ISS, and go on an emergency spacewalk to repair a broken panel.
Mission to the ISS is meant to be an enrichment opportunity, to generate interest in space science, inform students about the important work being done on the ISS, and provide a new perspective on Earth. This four week summer course that will take approximately 5 hours each week. Throughout the mission, students will learn about Earth and space, science research, engineering and problem-solving. For additional information visit Space Station Academy (http://SpaceStationAcademy.org)
1. Explore the International Space Station as an active research lab, orbiting Earth
2. Gain a new perspective on Earth by observing it from space
3. Understand the daily challenges and rewards of life as an astronaut on the ISS
4. Prepare a science mission report, reflecting on the virtual mission and the value of viewing Earth from space
5. Develop independent study skills
Science - Earth and Space Science
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Summer 17 Session 1, Summer 17 Session 2
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