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On this mission to Mars, students will design how we get there, how we land, how we survive once we are there, and if we are very lucky, how we get back to Earth….for those who wish to do so.
Since the 1960’s, the world has launched more than 40 missions to Mars. Six probes are currently orbiting Mars, with two Rovers exploring the surface of this fascinating planet.
So, why is Mars so interesting to some of the most intelligent minds on planet Earth? Planet Earth is exactly the reason: of all of the planets in our solar system, Mars has the highest number of similarities to Earth. Mars has:
– An almost 24 hour day
– A tilted axis that results in seasons
– Evidence that there were lakes and oceans that once made this Red Planet habitable
Could it be habitable again? Can we establish life on Mars? Find out science’s most recent answers to these questions, and many, many more.
This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.
Date: July 15th – August 2nd
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA
Design and learn the science behind rockets that can reach Mars with a PhD Physicist from Harvard who has been on a simulated Mars Mission. Review data with him on the effects of radiation — which astronauts are exposed to on their journey through space — on human health and genetic mutations. Learn about the satellites, spacecraft, and other aerospace technologies scientists are using to chart interplanetary travel. Use ‘Mars-like’ soil to plant vegetables in a temperature controlled green house and assess how they would survive on the red planet. The first humans may walk on the red planet in the next five years—The future is here. Be a part of the science of space exploration. Put principles of physics, genetics, chemistry, biology, and engineering into action.
This is a great pre-college program for teens interested in various fields like rocketry, physics, space biology, engineering, and 3D printing.
This program will also feature heavily credentialed guest lecturers including Carmel Johnston, a soil chemist and former Crew Commander for NASA’s one year Mars simulation, HI-SEAS IV (watch her TED talk about the experience to the right and read her NPR transcript below) as well as Paul Artur Plett, a faculty member at Indiana University with a specialization on radiation induced damage. Mars Mission students will have a unique opportunity to learn from some of the most knowledgeable instructors in the country.
Vincent W. Coljee is a Harvard researcher with a diverse background spanning biophysics and chemistry to various sub-disciplines of biology and therapeutics. He has numerous US and International patents. He has also authored dozens of research papers. Vincent was selected as a finalist for the Mars Society MA365 project. He served as a consultant for one year for the NASA HI-SEAS Mars simulation. He spent 17 days at the MDRS station in Utah for a 2 week Mars simulation in November 2014.
Check out this video of Vince Coljee, which details his training as a finalist for the MA365 project. This video features some of the ideas and materials Vince will bring to our program.
‘The program was very informative and I loved spending time learning about radiation, food, and other key survival aspects of getting to Mars. The teacher was really experienced and just the amount of stuff he knew was astounding.’
The program was good. The teacher Vince is an excellent person who also taught us about future careers in science and research. That was interesting and useful. The guests that came were also very interesting and helped us get a broad view of a mission to Mars.’
‘I thought the program was extremely interesting and would recommend it to my friends and peers. What made the course so interesting is the fact that we studied many subjects on Mars from psychology to orbital mechanics, through which the teacher kept us thoroughly interested.’
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