Destination Mars - Unit of Study

Destination Mars


Unit Essential Question

What ethical issues should be considered as we enter the next frontier of space exploration?

High-Interest Article: “The Next Frontier”

Mars One is an organization seeking to send the first colonists to Mars. The initial selection criteria are simple: anyone can apply, but no one who travels to Mars will return to Earth. What kind of ethical questions does a project like this raise? What are some of the risks involved? What do other projects like Mars500 reveal about our ability to survive interplanetary migration?

Technical Article: “The Space Race”

Over 50 years ago, in the midst of the Cold War, a great space race began between the United States and the Soviet Union. The mission? Land a man on the moon. Take a look at the history behind the race to the moon, including a competition for political superiority, and learn why the first moon landing almost didn’t happen.

College and Career Article: Astronaut

The career of an astronaut may seem out of this world, but with hard work and determination, it is within grasp. Learn the intricacies of this profession, including the steps necessary to get there, and how you too could be a part of the advancement to the next frontier.