Voyage to Mars

This page contains materials for groups preparing to fly a Voyage to Mars mission.

If you have not yet booked a mission and are looking to do so, please visit this page.

Required Materials

To ensure the success of the mission, we require that each group arrive with two things prepared in advance: two (2) copies of the Crew Manifest and a set of name tags. The Crew Manifest is our way of telling which student is on which team, and the name tags tell each student what team they are on. You can find each of these documents below.

Crew Manifest Please fill out this document for your class size based on the numbers we have provided on the form. This is the best way to ensure your group will be well balanced! Note: there is a new version of the Crew Manifest this year. Please use this version!

Name TagsYou can create your own name tags if desired, but this document is a PDF that can be edited to include each student’s name and the name of your school. You can use this document in a variety of ways (printing on a sticker sheet, putting in a name tag holder, printing out and using yarn to make a necklace, etc.) but we ask that there be two easily distinguishable colors for the group that will start in the Space Craft and the group that will start in Mars Control.

Additional Materials

There is no limit to how far you can take a Challenger mission in your own classroom! The links below provide various resources that can enhance your mission.

Mission Resources

Mars Overview and Team Descriptions

Crew Patch

Student Placement

Mission Newspaper Template


Skill Building Activities – Six key skills that are utilized in every Challenger mission.

Experimenting With Craters – Mars is covered in craters and this lesson teaches the students how these craters are formed. A video from JPL about this lesson can be found here: JPL Experimenting With Craters

Marsbound – Your kids will take on the engineering task of designing and planning a spacecraft to go to Mars all while playing a game. This game takes time to prep but can be reused for future classes.

Searching for Signs of Life – We as humans are interested in Mars because it is a place that could have once had life on it. This activity identifies how difficult it is to define what life is and how to find it.

How Big Is It? – A Lesson in Scale Comparison in which students construct a scale representation comparing the height of the Martian volcano Olympus Mons to the height of Mauna Kea.


Is Mars red hot?

How do you get to Mars?

Is Mars really red?


Additional Questions

Feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns!