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Mission to Mars

Part of the series Learning From the News

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As European Space Agency crewman simulate travelling to Mars, use this classroom resource to teach Key Stage 4 science pupils about space travel and gravity.

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The agency has sealed the six crewmen inside a pretend spaceship at a research centre in Moscow for 520 days. Mars500 is a study into interplanetary spaceflights and is the first full duration simulation of a manned flight to Mars. The crew reached "Mars" on 2 February 2011, with the mission due to end in November 2011.

This secondary classroom resource is designed for Year 10 and Year 11 science lessons. It can be used as part of the accompanying lesson plan, created for Teachers TV, which includes activities and extension tasks based on this topic.


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