Final Project


  1. Introduction

    1. Briefly describe the entire paper.  Quickly describe the spacecraft, its purpose, when it was launched, whether it's ongoing, and other information you go into detail on.  You will go into detail in the body.

  2. Body

    1. History
      1. Why was the mission envisioned?
      2. Who planned it?
      3. When did it get funded?
      4. What agencies funded it?
      5. Who was all involved?  US universities - other countries, etc.
      6. Where did the mission launch from?  
        1. Describe the facility, who owns it, how long it has been around, etc.
      7. What was the mission timeline?
        1. When did the planning start, when was it launched, when did it end or what are its current plans?
      8. Were there any controversies that the mission planners had to overcome? Some examples (expand on these):
        1. Cassini used radioactive fuel, which fuels fears about a crash
        2. Matt Taylor exhibited extremely sexist behavior during a Rosetta Mission press conference.
        3. Beagle 2 lander failed to phone home.
        4. Hubble failed on launch.
        5. How did the controversies affect the mission?
    2. Goals
      1. What were the mission goals?
        1. Scientific goals
          1. These are the questions the mission wants to answer.  Include all initial goals - even ones that weren't included in the final mission.  Examples:
            1. Is there water on Mars?
            2. What is the composition of the Venusian Atmosphere?
            3. Can bugs procreate in microgravity?
        2. Technological goals
          1. These are the steps needed to accomplish the scientific goal.
            1. For example, to measure the water on mars, a device needs to be invented to dig into the surface a bit, and boil the elements, and study their composition.  Describe this.
            2. During the Apollo Missions, the plan was to put a man on the moon.  We needed computers, space suits, tang, freeze dried foods, integrated circuits, etc.  These are all technologies that needed to be developed to accomplish the scientific goals.
            3. Describe these goals that were met in order to support the scientific mission.
        3. Cultural / political goals
          1. Scientists often have to lobby government officials to get money for their projects, and one of the levers they pull is one of national interest.  For example, the Apollo mission to put a man on the moon took several years and $20 billion dollars, but the political leverage afforded to the United States was priceless.  What cultural or political goals did your project have?
    3. Results
      1. What scientific goals were ultimately achieved?
      2. What technological goals were ultimately achieved?
      3. What cultural or political goals were achieved?
    4. Cultural and lasting Impact
      1. How did this mission end up in the publics' mind's eye?  For example, Apollo was a major victory for the US in the cold war.  Almost every image of space is from Hubble.  There are movies about Voyager 1 and 2.  Talk about your mission's lasting impact on our culture and society, as well as future scientific missions.
  3. Conclusion

    1. Summarize your project once again, and include any concluding remarks about the project.