Educator Resources for Fly to Mars

This simulation lets students launch a spacecraft from Earth to our planetary neighbor, Mars. Players will primarily learn about the timing of space flight, rather than other aspects such as thrust. In short, they will have to determine the correct “launch window” so that their craft will intersect Mars’ orbit at the right time. Students will come away with a basic sense of orbital mechanics and an understanding of why a trip to another planet would not simply involve flying in a straight line.
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