Mission Objectives (MOs) quick overview

MO-01: Mission Development Log (MDL)

A Mission Development Log is the record of your mission, beginning to end. Document your planning discussions, your trials, failures, and successes, and modifications made as ideas evolve. Each member should contribute!

MO-02: Map development
[Checkpoint challenge MO-02]

Ready, set, geometry! We’ve provided the dimensions and features of the map, now teams will build their own version — including areas that can’t be traversed, which their robotic system must navigate around.

MO-03: Inside Europa model

Many forces and processes, in the past and the present, form and change planets and moons. Make a model of Europa to explain its interior and how what’s happening inside influences what happens to the surface.

MO-04: Explaining Europa’s surface

Make your claim! Pick a targeted area of Europa’s surface and make a claim — about forces or processes that created the feature, the order features formed, or any other claim you can support with evidence from your work!

MO-05: Yeast ID card
[Checkpoint Challenge MO-05]

All organisms need certain conditions to survive and thrive.  Your objective: learn as much as you can about the limits of one hardy organism — yeast — and present your findings in the form of an identification card.

MO-06: Landing site — drone landing

Launching a rover, NASA uses data from orbiters and flyby missions to select a site. Use your drone’s camera to survey the two potential landing sites. Take an image, select your landing site, then drop your payload!

MO-07: Surface navigation

Europa has challenging terrain, and your rover needs to get around without crashing in areas too dangerous to traverse. Use your programming skills to get your rover safely from the landing site to the places of interest!

MO-08: Sample collection

What’s happening below the surface of Europa? A future lander will drill into the ice and samples. Your rover will navigate to 4/5 sample collection areas, trying to find essential ingredients for the chemistry of life.

MO-09 (High school division teams only): Advanced surface navigation

Europa’s chaos regions are produced by disruptions to the icy crust.  What’s going on over there? Using your color sensor, take a data reading at the yellow chaos region site. Identify a different color and continue on.

MO-10 Mission patch development

A mission patch is an important symbol of any NASA mission, reflecting the team, the object of study, the spacecraft, the mission goals, or a combination! How will you represent your Icy Worlds mission with imagery?

Wing It Like Winglee
[Checkpoint Challenge]

As NESSP’s founding director, Dr. Winglee, might remind us, sometimes you gotta wing it! Describe something you tried for Icy Worlds that didn’t go as expected. What happened, what did you learn,  and what happened next?