In this lab you will pick a NASA mission, investigate it using the web, and
then make a short (about five minute) presentation on what you and your group
found. Don't panic about the presentation - it will be less a presentation
than a group discussion, as everyone else should have questions for you
(and you should have questions for other people).
So, here's the drill. We'll pick projects and groups in class, and then you'll
have about an hour to find information. If you want to look up a mission
before class, that's great - but be aware that not everyone can report on
Mars Pathfinder. After you investigate, we make
our short group presentations. The only thing you have to write for this lab
is a conclusion - what you learned from your and other people's presentations.
There are many planetary missions to find out about, and particularly
there are many modern missions which have found interesting results in the
recent past. These are the ones we will try to focus on. You should try
to keep your presentation to the information that you would think was
interesting if you were hearing it from somebody else. Things to look at
are the results from the mission, history/problems with it, and what
might happen in the future (if it's still ongoing). Unique features of
your particular mission are particularly interesting (special method
of getting to target, special power source ...).
Try just doing a search under your mission name first of all: you should
come up with several sites related to NASA or JPL or Goddard. These are
the places you should investigate first. Good luck!