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Space Travel Hazards Game

Space Travel Hazards GameHow Safely can you travel through space?
Test your ability to travel to Mars and back while avoiding dangerous radiation hazards

The Space Travel Hazards Games was developed to help reinforce knowledge of space travel and some of the potential hazards associated with space travel.

The object is to get from Earth to Mars and back along one of two pathways to accomplish a successful mission. Along the way, teams will acquire Radiation Points (RPs) that are detrimental to the mission. Teams will also acquire Mission Points (MPs) that measure the success of the mission. When the game is finished, plot the total Radiation Points and Mission Points on the Tally Card to see if the team had a successful mission and determine the game winner.


  • Ages 11 and up
  • 2 to 4 Teams per game

Items needed for Game

  • Game Procedures and Rules
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  • Game Board Sheet
    >> Download | PDF | 1 Page | 3.9MB
  • Astronaut Game Pieces, 1 per team
  • Chance Cards (place in center of game board)
    >> Download | PDF | 7 Pages | 1.1MB
  • Tally Card
    >> Download | PDF | 1 Page | 1MB
  • One Die
  • Pencil
  • Score Chart (Graph)
    >> Download | PDF | 1 Page | 1MB

What is Space Radiation?

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Educator Guide – Space Flaring: The Radiation Challenge Middle School Educator Guide

Space Flaring Educator GuideAudience: Educators
Grades: 6-8
Product Number: EP-2008-08-120-MSFC

Radiation biology is an interdisciplinary science — biology, physics, astrophysics, planetary science and engineering — that examines the effects of radiation on living systems. The Space Faring: The Radiation Challenge educator guide links these disciplines in the context of a lunar outpost by providing background, discussion and research questions, objectives, and inquiry-based activities to introduce radiation biology to middle school students. The guide includes a pretest, lessons, student sheets and answer keys.
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Modeling the Space Radiation Environment

Modeling the Space Radiation Environment Short Course for Scientists and Engineers by Michael Xapsos of Goddard Space Flight Center.
>> Download | PDF | 63 Pages | 14MB

A Brief History of Space Climatology: From the Big Bang to the Present

This manuscript is focused on space climatology - the radiation environment observed over an extended period of time at a given location, corresponding to a space mission duration and orbit. By Michael Xapsos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NSREC 2018 Short Course
>> Download | PDF | 65 Pages | 15.7MB