How to Survive on Mars: the Science Behind the Human Exploration of Mars
Learn the basic science needed for humans to survive on Mars, with this online science course.
Why join the course?
Mars has captivated the human imagination since the very earliest civilisations. It is the most explored planet in the solar system and that is unlikely to change. Getting to Mars is relatively easy, surviving on Mars will be the real challenge.
Learn the basic science needed to survive on Mars
This free online course will introduce the key scientific concepts needed for humans to survive on Mars, where there is no air to breathe, no water to drink and no food to eat. The course will also examine interdisciplinary skills and meticulous planning required to sustain human life in such a hostile environment. Case studies and insights from leading experts in the field of Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics and Geology will demonstrate the basic science and problem solving skills you can use in everyday life.
Explore essential science and problem solving skills
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
apply basic science to explore possible ways of producing water, oxygen, food and energy on Mars
describe possible solutions and outcomes to problem-based scenarios.
Learn from leaders in the field of science
The course is based on the approaches that lead educators, Tina Overton and Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway, deliver to their science undergraduate students at the Monash University Faculty of Science – a vibrant, dynamic and world-renowned community in Australia at the forefront of innovation and discovery.
What topics will you cover?
- Water: the properties of water, and how to extract water on Mars
- Energy: solar energy, wind energy and energy from other sources
- Oxygen: the Martian atmosphere, oxygen on Mars, and how to recycle oxygen
- Food: nutrients for life, the challenge of growing food on Mars
- Concept Maps: how to create them to synthesise and organise knowledge
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