Stranded on the Moon: NASA survival test AND Comic Strip
I was on another forum and saw this cartoon...
and somehow I ended up thinking about about a survival list if you were stranded on the moon. Anyway, here's the quiz, and below are NASA's answers. Let's see how well a forum of 'survivalists' does, and if you guys agree with NASA's answer or not.
And here's NASA's answers
The year is 2040. You are a member of a space crew that was to rendezvous with the mother ship on the lighted surface of the moon. You experienced mechanical difficulties and your ship was forced to land about 200 miles from the point you were to be. During re-entry and landing, much of the equipment on your ship was damaged. Your survival depends on you reaching the mother ship. You will need to survey what is left that is usable and determine the most critical undamaged items that you will take for the 200 mile trip.
Your task is to look over the list below which contains the usable, undamaged items left on your ship, and rank them in order of their importance for your crew. Remember you need to rank each item in terms of its value in allowing you to reach the mother ship. Copy the list below or print out a copy. Place the number 1 by the most important item and keep going to number 15 which will be the least important. Be ready to explain why you have given each item the rank it received. Use your knowledge of the Moon and its environment to help you make your decisions. When you are done you can check how you did against the rankings given this same list by NASA. If you are doing this activity in your classroom, compare your rankings with other groups or individuals and hear their reasons for their rankings before checking the NASA list.
___ Box of matches
___ Food concentrate
___ 50 feet of nylon rope
___ Parachute silk
___ Portable heating unit
___ Two .45 caliber pistols
___ One case dehydrated milk
___ Two 100-pound tanks of oxygen
___ Stellar map (of moon's surface)
___ Life raft
___ Magnetic compass
___ 5 gallons of water
___ Signal flares
___ First aid kit containing injection needle
___ Solar-powered FM receiver-transmitter
Here is the ranking that NASA scientists gave the 15 items. See if you selected the same items as the top 5 - or most important - and identified the 5 least important. Even if your ranking numbers are not the exact same ones, your knowledge of the Moon and conditions there should have helped you decide which items fell to the very top and bottom of the list.
Items below are listed in order from Number 1 (most important) to Number 15 (least important).
1- Two 100 pound tanks of oxygen. Oxygen to breathe would be the most pressing need for survival.
2 - 5 gallons of water. Water is essential to all life.
3 - Stellar map (of moon's surface) This would be your primary means of navigation.
4 - Food concentrate. A good source of food and efficient way to carry food is in concentrated form.
5 - Solar-powered FM receiver-transmitter. FM needs short range and line of sight. Needed to talk to mother ship.
6 - 50 feet of nylon rope. This will be useful in scaling the cliffs you may cross and if their are injured it would be helpful for tying them to others or objects for transport.
7 - First aid kit containing injection needle. Used for injecting vitamins through special aperture in space suit.
8 - Parachute silk. Provides protection from sun's rays.
9 - Life raft. CO2 bottle in raft may be used for propulsion.
10 - Signal flares. Distress signal can be used when mother ship is sighted.
11 - Two .45 caliber pistols. Possible means of propulsion.
12 - One case dehydrated milk. duplication of food concentrate but much bulkier to carry.
13 - Portable heating unit. Useless on dark side, not needed on lighted side.
14 - Magnetic compass. Magnetic field on moon is not polarized, compass worthless.
15 - Box of matches. No oxygen on Moon to sustain the flame, matches won't work.