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FutureLearn: How to Survive on Mars: the Science Behind the Human Exploration of Mars

 with  Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway and Tina Overton
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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.

This course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn more about the basic science required to survive on Mars. You’ll be able to use any scientific knowledge you bring to the course, but this is an introductory course and anyone can enjoy it without prior knowledge of the subject.

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Subject Astronomy
Institution Monash University
Provider FutureLearn
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 3 hours a week
Calendar 4 weeks long
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5 reviews for FutureLearn's How to Survive on Mars: the Science Behind the Human Exploration of Mars

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2 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Anonymous (above) reckons this course is only suitable for primary school children. Personally, I found it relaxing to have a course that contains real science but doesn't baffle me with maths. This course was very thought-provoking and included stuff that they definitely didn't teach me at primary school. If anonymo Read More
Anonymous (above) reckons this course is only suitable for primary school children. Personally, I found it relaxing to have a course that contains real science but doesn't baffle me with maths. This course was very thought-provoking and included stuff that they definitely didn't teach me at primary school.

If anonymous, or anybody else, fancies something more demanding I recommend the Brian Schmidt/Paul Francis MOOCs over on EdX. Very interesting, but with maths.
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10 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
A short and accessible introduction to the science around trying to survive on Mars. I liked the concept map activity and the regular feedback from the teachers.
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2 months ago
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Really interesting and revealing for a person like me, who's not an expert on the matter. I highly recomend it :-)
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6 months ago
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11 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Only good if directed towards primary school children. Very amateur material and presentation of material. Only good if directed towards primary school children. Very amateur material and presentation of material. Only good if directed towards primary school children. Very amateur material and presentation of mater Read More
Only good if directed towards primary school children. Very amateur material and presentation of material.

Only good if directed towards primary school children. Very amateur material and presentation of material.

Only good if directed towards primary school children. Very amateur material and presentation of material.

Only good if directed towards primary school children. Very amateur material and presentation of material.

Only good if directed towards primary school children. Very amateur material and presentation of material.

Only good if directed towards primary school children. Very amateur material and presentation of material.
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