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The NASA Spaceward Bound field training curriculum

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Jon Rask
Jon Rask
1 Dynamac Inc., Space Biosciences Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California 94035, USA
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Jennifer Heldmann
Jennifer Heldmann
2 Space Sciences Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California 94035, USA
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Heather Smith
Heather Smith
3 Biological Engineering Department, Utah State University, 4105 Old Main Hill, Logan, Utah 84322, USA
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Melissa Battler
Melissa Battler
4 Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, N6A 5B7, Canada
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Christopher McKay
Christopher McKay
2 Space Sciences Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California 94035, USA
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Published:
December 01, 2011

A comprehensive field training curriculum was developed and tested during the 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Spaceward Bound missions at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS). The curriculum was developed to train teachers and students in fundamentals of Moon and Mars analog station operations, logistics, field work, and scientific investigation. The curriculum is composed of background content, directions, lesson plans, suggestions, protocols, images, diagrams, figures, checklists, worksheets, experiments, field missions, and references. To date, 48 individuals have participated in Spaceward Bound missions at MDRS, and 18 have successfully tested the curriculum. Based on our analysis and student feedback, we conclude that the Spaceward Bound curriculum is highly useful in training teachers and students in aspects of astrobiology, field science, and Mars exploration, and that MDRS is an ideal location for its use.

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GSA Special Papers

Analogs for Planetary Exploration

W. Brent Garry
W. Brent Garry
Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona, USA
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Jacob E. Bleacher
Jacob E. Bleacher
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Planetary Geodynamics Lab, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
483
ISBN print:
9780813724836
Publication date:
December 01, 2011

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