Ever fancied living on Mars? We may have to one day! If you’ve been watching the news this week, you’ll know that NASA has just landed another rover – Perseverance – on the red planet, after a 7-month one-way trip! The reason behind the mission is to find evidence of early life and collect samples to send back to Earth in 2023! Another part of the mission looks to use new technologies to try and create breathable oxygen, in the hope of one day colonizing Mars.
In light of this remarkable feat of Science and Engineering, Years 7 and 8 have been tasked with researching and designing their own “Hab”. A “Hab” is a habitat on Mars that can sustain life. It will need to allow the astronauts to breathe, eat, grow and work! This means creating ways of growing food on Mars, creating water and oxygen, and most importantly some sort of structure to protect us from the intense radiation from the sun. The students had many useful videos, websites and articles to research the different aspects but the final design was ultimately theirs. The 2 winners from each form will be entered into a national competition to win vouchers.
You can read more information about the NASA mission here – https://www.nasa.gov/perseverance