interplanetary launch capabilities

Science of Space Flight and Exploration SC/NATS1530 3.0

Mission Reviews: Instructions

Please read all of the information below carefully before beginning your assignment.

PURPOSE OF THIS ASSIGNMENT: To expose you to future space missions and to improve your scientific literacy and critical thinking by providing an opportunity to formulate an informed opinion about the value of space exploration.

INTRODUCTION: You are a member of the advisory committee of an international funding organization for space missions. The funding objective of your organization is:

Assisting the world’s government-funded space agencies in the exploration of space for the tangible benefit of humanity by contributing to our knowledge in at least one of the following areas:

• The potential for habitability on another planet or moon • The potential for the discovery of natural resources on another planet, moon, comet or

asteroid • Climate change on another planet or moon

Each year, your organization chooses 1 space mission to contribute funding for. Your job is to identify two future space missions that are still in the planning stage and to submit a summary of each mission as well as an argument for why each mission is consistent with your organization’s funding objectives.

NOTE: One of your reviews will be due in the middle of the term and the other review will be due near the end of the term. This will give you the opportunity to use the feedback from your 1st review to improve on your 2nd review. The due dates for each review can be found at the Course Schedule link in the General Information section of our Moodle site as well as at http://www.yorku.ca/rfinger/ns1530/f18/ns1530-f18-sched.pdf.

INSTRUCTIONS: For each review, follow the steps below.

  1. Download the Mission Review Template (a link to this template can also be found in the Space Mission Review section of our Moodle site).

  2. Choose a future space mission: At present, there are 4 government-funded space agencies with interplanetary launch capabilities and for which mission information is publically available. These are:

Space Agency Agency mission website European Space Agency ESA Indian Space Research Organization ISRO Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA

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