Year 8 Mission to Mars Excursion

Review written by Hamish J. of 8V


On Monday the 15th of July, a group of 21 Year 8 students went to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) in Strathmore. The students were fortunate enough to be involved in a day of immersive activities where students worked as a team to complete a geological survey of the Mars surface.

Mars Surface

On the Mars Surface, we each had separate roles which actual astronauts would have. I was an engineer and was tasked with collecting rock samples on Mars and setting up a weather radar. The mission control team would help us by telling us when to leave Mars and other critical information. The activities were very immersive and enjoyable.

Mission Control

In mission control, we each had certain positions which would help the astronauts below, such as checking their vitals. I was a mission controller and I was in charge of making sure the mission would run smoothly. It was very realistic and we even got to tell the astronauts about an upcoming dust storm and we were able to get them out in time.


In the laboratory, we worked on different subjects similar to our astronaut role. As engineers, we were told to organise the rock samples that we collected in order from the surface. It was very interesting and we learnt a lot about the surface of Mars.