Fast forward to a future solar max – a time when the greatest solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the sun takes place. A major coronal mass ejection (CME) occurred just four weeks ago, with a burst of solar winds blasting from the sun toward Earth. The threat caused an immediate evacuation of the Space Station to ensure the safety of our astronauts in low Earth orbit. Fortunately, the Space Station was unharmed, but some satellites were not as lucky. The strength of the CME was so strong that several vital satellites, responsible for collecting Earth science information, suffered critical damage.
Without these satellites we can no longer identify and study the changes that are occurring on our planet. While heading back into orbit during this turbulent time of solar activity is a risk, there is no choice. The destruction caused by the CME must be addressed immediately.
It will take a true team effort of scientists from the Mission Control crew and astronauts in the Space Station to fix this serious problem. The two groups will have to quickly address the damage and achieve two major goals: Use their location in space and the instruments on the Space Station to observe the Earth and its changes and utilize the small manufacturing facility on the Space Station to create a new micro satellite to replace the one lost in the CME.
Earth Odyssey...$850 for a 2-hour mission in our simulator
Designed for students 9th grade and up. We can accommodate groups of 16-30 students. See EVA tab for additional add on activities.
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