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Question Sheet: Destination Mars
- Why has Mars been in the news lately?
- Name four facts about Mars.
- What are Spirit and Opportunity, and what are they doing?
- Who is Paul Wooster?
- How long would a trip to Mars take?
- What problems do scientists have to overcome in order for astronauts to survive on Mars?
- How long is a Martian year?
- What have Spirit and Opportunity found that could suggest life once existed or still may lurk on Mars?
- If life exists somewhere in the solar system other than Earth, why is Mars a good candidate?
- Do you approve of President Bush's pledge to fund space exploration, including a base on the moon and a trip to Mars? Why or why not?
- Do you think President Bush's goal of "getting astronauts back to the moon by 2020 and then going beyond" is realistic? Where do you think "beyond" should be?
- Besides the physical strains of living on Mars, what other strains and difficulties might astronauts on the planet face?
- What would you like the rovers now on Mars to look for or at? Why?
- Design a Mars station that could house up to six astronauts. Make a list of what supplies and facilities would be essential for survival. Draw what your station would look like, labeling important parts.
- What do you think it would be like to spend a long time in partial gravity, wearing a spacesuit, in the cold of Mars? Write five journal entries of a person living in your Mars station.
A 100-pound person weighs 38 pounds on Mars. How much would a 185-pound person weigh on Mars?
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