Samford University’s Christenberry Planetarium will offer a unique new summer program June 27–30. The Martian Frontier will allow a select group of rising high school juniors and seniors to spend four days at Alabama’s top private university exploring cutting-edge science and the challenges of a human mission to Mars.
“With all the talk about Mars these days, the public is becoming more and more interested in taking a trip,” said David Weigel, camp organizer and planetarium director. “But what would that take?” Weigel said Martian Frontier participants will explore that question as they consider the details of planning a mission to Mars: from mission goals to planning spacecraft trajectories to assembling the spacecraft, building a Martian base and eventually surviving on Mars.
• Expert faculty and guest speakers, leading discussion of the technology, biology and philosophy of long-distance space travel and colonization
• Interactive exploration of Mars in Christenberry Planetarium
• Hands-on activities in physics, astronomy and computer science
• Guidance in academic preparation for careers in space exploration
The $395 tuition includes lodging, supplies and all meals.