Is there anybody out there?
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Investigate the changing chemical composition of water from a newly set-up fish-tank
As life evolved in the sea, we must be able to analyse the water from a likely planet to see if it is capable of supporting life. There are lots of simple chemical tests that can be carried
out on a water sample to test its composition. In this project, you‟ll monitor water samples from an aquarium over a period of time.
Design a lander for a robot space probe
For this project you‟re going to simulate a robotic exploration of Mars and design a lander or a robot space probe. There are two main parts to this project, and a third „extension‟
activity if you have the time.
Build your own robot space probe.
Every space probe deployed so far has been a robot. Most have been static probes operating only where they landed, but more recent missions, such as the Mars Pathfinder
Probe, have been able to move around to a limited extent – the Mars Pathfinder contained a small robot buggy called Sojourner. For this project you should design and
build a small working robot that could be used for space exploration.