Astronaut Pam Melroy is calling on students to learn about NASA’s Constellation Program, which will send humans to the moon, Mars and beyond. She is inviting students to become America’s next great explorers.
Students and teachers can learn more about these missions in a new interactive feature called “Constellation: Earth Moon Mars.” In this Web-based feature, astronaut Pam Melroy gives a guided tour of NASA’s newest missions, starting from the International Space Station in low Earth orbit, to the moon and to the Red Planet.
Videos available to view online include:
Pam Melroy Education Message
In this video, astronaut Pam Melroy encourages students to stay in school, study math and science, and join the journey of Constellation. Learn more about Constellation and how NASA is preparing to launch new spacecraft to the space station, return to the moon and extend human presence to Mars.
Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars
This narrated production explains the link between Constellation’s missions to low Earth orbit, the moon and ultimately Mars. NASA astronaut Pam Melroy guides the viewer as they journey first to the International Space Station, where the Orion spacecraft gets a test drive in space. They then travel on to the moon, where the Altair lunar lander brings crews and infrastructure to the lunar surface. And finally, the travelers reach Mars, where the experience in orbit with the station, Earth analogs and lunar surface operations all tie together to help explore the Red Planet. Guests include John Curry, Julie Kramer White, Clarence Sams, Kathy Laurini and Bret Drake.
Constellation Mini Feature #1: Constellation in Low Earth Orbit
This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” This episode focuses on the Orion spacecraft in low Earth orbit, and its missions to the International Space Station. This video features guests Julie Kramer White and John Curry.
Constellation Mini Feature #2: Lessons Learned for Exploration
This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” Clarence Sams explains what we learn about the human body and exploration by conducting missions in low Earth orbit on board the International Space Station.
Constellation Mini Feature #3: Constellation on the Moon
This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” Guest Kathy Laurini discusses Constellation’s plans for the moon, including conducting missions to the lunar surface and building lunar habitats for longer stays, all in preparation for conducting missions to Mars.
Constellation Mini Feature #4: Constellation on Mars
This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” Guest Bret Drake discusses how Constellation hardware tests on Earth and how Constellation missions to the International Space Station and the moon all tie together to help explore Mars.
Constellation Mini Feature #5: Constellation and Future Explorers
This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” Guests Bret Drake and Clarence Sams explain that the Constellation missions look decades into the future, and, as such, will require the students of today to be the explorers of tomorrow. Guest Wendell Mendell explains that the process of conducting the Constellation missions to low Earth orbit, the moon and Mars will not only inspire youth, but will have both scientific and economic implications.
To view these videos and join the adventure, visit http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/CxEMM_SITE/index.html
Learn more about NASA’s Constellation Program at www.nasa.gov/constellation