2021 SPACE MISSIONS
Young astronauts (aged 12 and over*) will join a team of NASA astronauts and space professionals to adventure into the future of space exploration. Space-Teams is led by former NASA astronaut and Director of Texas A&M’s AeroSpace Technology, Research & Operations (ASTRO), Dr. Greg Chamitoff.
Using a collaborative space system virtual program, the trainee astronauts will conduct a human space exploration mission. This includes building their own spacecraft, traveling across the vast expanses of space, and creating their own base.
This virtual mission will provide teams with lessons focused on the technical knowledge and theoretical understanding that is required to make decisions, plan and conduct a successful space mission.
The young astronauts will then be able to apply their newfound knowledge within the simulations to design a mission to another planet within our solar system.
Daily mission training will include a one- hour live tutorial with an expert on the day’s topic. Guidance will be given on how to complete the corresponding simulation activity.
Evaluation and immediate feedback on team mission performance is important for team performance and success. Each Space Team will receive feedback enabling the opportunity to re-evaluate their approach to achieve higher scores, leading to an iterative design process.
Individuals will be grouped into teams to execute the virtual mission and they will be able to view the Space Teams Mission scoreboard to see how they are placing throughout the competition. Quizzes and questionnaires will be utilized to help assess the level of trainee astronaut learning throughout the program.
Six activities lead to composite scores based on spaceship design, flight planning, piloting, habitat design, surface exploration and sustainability. Points will generally be awarded based on the successful completion of a task or scaled by how much the objective was achieved. In order to optimize their scores within each activity, the young astronauts will need to critically think about the long-term impacts of each decision.
There will be numerous awards presented at the culmination of the Space Teams Virtual Space Mission.
Open to young astronauts ages *12 and up. The maximum team size is 10. It is recommended that smaller teams of 4 is the optimal number. Young astronauts can register as teams or individuals and placed on a team.
*a guide only – highly interested 10 and 11 year-old explorers welcome.
Our series of missions begins on June 28 with ONE GIANT LEAP. Many of our missions are produced in partnership with other organizations, schools, museums, etc. The first mission is a partnership with One Giant Leap Australia, scheduled for June 28-July3. OGLA creates unique, immersive learning experiences to develop and enhance mathematical, scientific and technological literacy, as well as the critical skills of problem solving, critical analysis and creative thinking needed to thrive in the working environment now and in the future.
To learn more about One Giant Leap Australia, please visit https://onegiantleapfoundation.com.au
Our Space Missions are global. Our second mission is hosted by the Texas Space Grant Consortium, scheduled for July 12-17. TSGC is a group of 65 institutions which include universities, industrial organizations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies within Texas that are joined to ensure that the benefits of space research and technology are available to all Texans. In a broader context, the National Space Grant Program, consisting of 52 Space Grant Consortia nationwide, cooperate to achieve this goal for all Americans.
To learn more about the Texas Space Grant Consortium, please visit: www.tsgc.utexas.edu
If you are a group or organization that is interested in sponsoring or partnering on a mission this summer, please let us know.
For more information on the specific missions this summer and /or to register, please click on the "MISSION REGISTRATION" button below.