Mission Control

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2016 Summer Program

A Mission Control Center is a facility that manages space flights, usually from the point of launch until landing or the end of the mission. It is part of the ground segment of spacecraft operations. A staff of flight controllers and other support personnel monitor all aspects of the mission using telemetry (data collection), and send commands to the vehicle using ground stations.

We will learn electrical wiring to build our own ground control which will be able to monitor the launch of your Space Shuttle on the screens in front of the Flight Controller. Identify a constellation which lights up with a switch built in to the Control Center deck to confirm its trajectory, or watch an Astronaut float in space on a planned space walk. Use the radar dish to track the path of the flight, and switch on an electromagnet you've built to collect more data. Create your own constellation with glow in the dark stars which will float in front of you at night.

Then build a Mars rover to explore remotely the barren but bumpy terrain of the Martian landscape.

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