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Why have unmanned missions been sent to Mars in the past?
What has made manned missions possible now?
What could be some of the consequences of sending a group of astronauts one way?
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Have a go at finding some more information using the search engines in the boxes below. Sweet Search and ipl2 both search the internet for useful information for students.
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Sweet Search - a search engine for students
Try to find out more using Sweet Search, a search engine designed to help students find reliable information.
This website is a "collaborative resource for building a colony on the Red Planet". The site aims to cover everything that is needed to set up colonies for people to live on Mars.
This video introduces Mars One, a project which aims to send four people on a one-way trip to Mars in 2023.
Find more information about Mars One here
(Source of video: you tube)
Mars Quest Online
Mars Quest Online
Find lots of interactive activities: have a go at driving a Mars Rover, solve mysteries about life on Mars, launch a rocket to Mars and fly over any part of Mars to see a 3D image.
DVDs in the Senior Library
The Earth & the Moon [videorecording] : Mars & Jupiter by
Call Number: Library - Audio-visual NF EAR
Books in the Senior Library
Mercury, Mars and other inner planets by
Call Number: Library - Non Fiction 523.4
Wonders of the solar system by
Call Number: Library - Non Fiction 523.2
Packing for Mars by
Call Number: Library Non-Fiction 571.0919
Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? have sex? smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? To answer these questions, space agencies set up all manner of quizzical and startlingly bizarre space simulations.