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Lunar Quest - Mission Preparation

At our Challenger Center, students fly simulated space missions that offer students the next best thing to actual space flight with a Mission Control room designed after NASA Johnson Space Center and an orbiting spacecraft. When students arrive at our Center, they are greeted by Flight Commanders that provide an orientation briefing in which the students are given an overview of the mission. Teachers and their students can click on the links below to become familiar with the crew manifest, storyline, vocabulary, e-mail system, and on-screen task cards that will be used prior to and during their mission.

Links for Teachers

The Lunar Quest Storyline
Prior to the mission, read the Lunar Quest Storyline, to learn where Mission Control is located and the roles that the Mission Control and the Spacecraft teams will perform.

The Crew Manifest
Prior to the mission, the teacher creates the crew manifest, since the teacher is familiar with students' personalities and abilities. Each student is assigned a partner on one of eight teams.

Challenger Center Mission Preparation Lessons
These Mission Preparation Lessons provide exciting STEM-based, hands-on learning experiences with exciting activities and lessons. Educators may choose to do as many lessons as classroom time permits.

Links for Teachers and Students

Lunar Quest Crew Application
Do you have the right stuff? Using your experience, skills interests and hobbies, decide what astronaut position is best for you. This Lunar Quest Crew Application contains terms that the students may encounter while performing their jobs.

Mission Vocabulary - Coming Soon

Using the E-mail System - Coming Soon

Using the On-screen Task Cards and Data Logs - Coming Soon

The group is divided into two, with half of the students assigned to Mission Control while the others are transported to the space station. At the mission's midpoint, the partners exchange places so every student can experience both learning environments. During the mission, students must accomplish specific tasks in order for the mission to be a success. Astronauts on board the space station build space probes, monitor life support functions, conduct experiments on items taken from the surfaces of Mars or the Moon, and plot navigation courses for the spacecraft. Engineers at Mission Control support these endeavors by answering the astronauts' questions and providing necessary research. For the Navigation and Probe Teams, astronauts rely completely on the engineers' instructions and data necessary for them to complete their tasks. When the mission is at full throttle, there is a flurry of messages between Mission Control and the space station heard over loud speakers. Electronic messages are sent back and forth. At any moment, emergency alarms and flashing lights may signal hazardous conditions for the astronauts that need to be fixed. Meanwhile, everyone must continue working to ensure that the mission's goal is accomplished. The simulation provides students with numerous opportunities to apply the skills they've learned in the classroom. Even when they aren't necessarily aware that they're doing so, students are using critical thinking skills; teamwork skills; principles of science and mathematics; as well as reading and communications skills to complete their mission.
The mission...to learn, to explore, to inspire...continues.
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