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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.
Design and learn the science behind rockets that can reach Mars . 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.
Dr. Vincent Coljee
Dr. Vince Coljee is returning to the Boston Leadership Institute after a two-year hiatus spent tracking the sequence of SARS-COV2 strains as they mutate at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Coljee is a scholar in the Physics Department at Harvard University. He was selected as a finalist for the Mars Society MA365 project and served as a consultant for the one-year NASA HI-SEAS Mars simulation. He spent 17 days at the MDRS station in Utah for a 2 week Mars simulation.
Student Comments - Summer 2021
‘In Mission to Mars, students explore a variety of topics that need to be considered when planning a mission to Mars, such as: how rockets get off the ground, how to sustain a crew in orbit, and on Mars, protection from radiation, etc. The program includes both lectures and hands-on projects, keeping students engaged. Our instructor was also knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject matter, making learning this material fun.’
‘The program was fun and intriguing. I met a lot of like-minded and interesting people here. My teacher was enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
‘My teacher was very informative and he clearly was interested in the topics that he was teaching us and gave us valuable insights.’
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