Design a habitat for life on Mars or the Moon.
Ambassador Space Science Master
Design a Habitat for an Alien World
Time needed: 30 minutes plus 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to clean up
- Computer with internet access
- Art supplies and found objects to build with (objects can include paper towel tubes, scraps of paper, clean plastic tubs and lids, chipboard from cereal or snack boxes, egg cartons, straws, wooden skewers, string, pencils, etc.)
- Glue or masking tape
- Observation notebook
- Pen or pencil
Setup: We live on planet Earth, an island of life in the Universe, but is there life beyond Earth? On Mars? Under the icy surfaces of Jupiter’s moon Europa or Saturn’s moon Enceladus? Or on exoplanets orbiting distant stars? Today, using telescopes and spacecraft, scientists are seeking evidence of life elsewhere.
Activity: Scientists and engineers who work on NASA space science projects are currently planning habitats for the Moon and Mars, so that in the near future, people can explore these worlds in person. The Moon and Mars are rocky like Earth, but otherwise they are very different. What do you think it will take to live there?
Share your creation with your family and friends!
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