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Space Missions

Rendezvous with a Comet


Mission Objective: To build, and then launch a probe to rendezvous with an unknown object that may be a threat to the Earth!

Scenario: In the not too distant future, a team of scientists and engineers are on a daring mission to take an up-close look at a comet as it streaks its way across the solar system. Their goal is to plot a successful course to rendezvous with the comet and launch a probe to collect scientific data on the object.

They must first construct the space probe and then plot the correct intercept course. What seems at first to be a routine exploration is filled with exciting challenges and emergencies. Each obstacle that stands in the way of a successful mission requires students to work together as a team and problem solve the solution.

Requirements to accomplish a successful mission: The crew working in Mission Control needs to maintain the safety of their team in space. To achieve this they must give concise instructions, document the research and also analyse data sent from the crew in space.

Recommended: Years 5 - 8

From our Blog:

Shuttle launch in the Challenger Learning Centre.As we wave goodbye to the summer we are ready to welcome all of our school visitors back to the National Space Centre. We are especially excited as we have a multitude of new goodies ready to offer for the new school year!


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