Tallahassee Residents Take A Trip to Mars

Posted at 10:34 PM, Jun 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-13 19:44:24-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- The Challenger Learning Center gave everyone a chance to go to Mars, Saturday. The simulator is open the second Saturday of each month to allow the public to be a part of the NASA mission. 

Participants were able to take on the role of a life support scientist, navigator, probe engineer, medic or communications specialist inside the mission control room and on-board the space station lab.

The mission leader explained how the simulation helps people expand their career choices.

"All the stations that we have here in our space mission simulators are real stations that they have in NASA. For example, navigation, communication, stuff like that. Knowing that we are part of FSU and FAMU School of Engineering. So we like to teach people about all the cool engineering jobs that they could get," said William Figueroa.

All the work stations during the simulation involved some kind of problem solving, which participants could apply to other career fields outside of the science and engineer.