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Mission to Mars/ Tucson, AZ

Experience a mission to Mars right here on Earth and ignite the same spirit of exploration that Star Trek once kindled - to boldly venture into uncharted territories. Our aim is to plant the seeds of inspiration in the hearts of students, fostering a vision for their lives that can transform global communities.

Sample Schedule

Day 1 - Exploring Tonto National Park's Pueblo Cultural Sites

  • Embark on a captivating journey into the heart of Tonto National Park as we delve into the rich history and cultural heritage of the region's ancient Pueblo communities. Day 1 promises a deep dive into the intriguing remnants of the past, offering a window into the lives of those who once called this landscape home.

Day 2 - Biosphere 2 and Flandrau Science Center

  • On this exciting day, we delve into the mysteries of Earth's ecosystems at Biosphere 2 and then venture into the cosmos at the Flandrau Science Center. Day 2 promises an engaging exploration of both the microcosms of our planet and the vastness of space, providing a well-rounded and immersive learning experience

Day 3 - Hands-On Conservation and Mars Plant Life Program at Biosphere 2

  • Get ready for a fulfilling day of volunteering at the Tucson Wildlife Center, where we contribute to wildlife conservation efforts, followed by an intriguing Mars Plant Life program at Biosphere 2. Day 3 offers a unique blend of giving back to nature and delving into the science of extraterrestrial botany.

Day 4 - The Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab Adventure

  • Prepare for an extraordinary journey into the cutting-edge world of the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, where we'll uncover the art and science behind crafting precision mirrors for groundbreaking telescopes and observatories. Day 4 is your chance to witness the fusion of artistry and technology in the pursuit of understanding the universe.

The "Journey to the Stars and Back: The Mars Visionary Program" is designed to spark inspiration, cultivate vision, and set students on a course to become transformative global leaders.

What's Included

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