Space Academy

Problems in Space

Science; Earth and Space Systems
- explain how astronauts meet their basic needs in space
- identify the technological tools and devices needed for space exploration

  A Link to Learning web-based student learning activity

Imagine that you are part of a space exploration mission flying from a space station orbiting the Moon to a base on the Moon itself. An instrument malfunction causes you to crash on the Moon on the daylight side about 120 kilometres from the base. Your spacecraft is in need of repair and your survival depends upon reaching the Moon base as soon as possible. Of the fifteen items which were not damaged in the crash of your spacecraft, which would be most important for the 120 kilometer trip?


box of matches,
food concentrate,
eighteen meters of nylon rope,
parachute silk,
solar-powered heating unit,
two .45 caliber pistols,
one case of powdered milk,
two tanks of oxygen,
stellar map of the Moon's constellations,
self-inflating raft which uses carbon dioxide canisters for inflation,
magnetic compass,
fifteen liters of water,
signal flares,
first aid kit containing needles for vitamins, medicine, etc. which will fit a special aperture in spacesuits,
solar powered FM walkie-talkie

What do you think are the 3 most important items to take?
Explain your reasons for choosing them.









Now go to the Problems in Space web page and rank all the items from most important (#1) to least important (#15), then compare your rankings with those assigned by experts.

After you check your results  record your Error Points total here:  _________________