Survivor

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Survivor

  1. 1. NASA Exercise: Survival on the MoonScenario:You are a member of a space crew originally scheduled to rendezvous with a mother ship on thelighted surface of the moon. However, due to mechanical difficulties, your ship was forced to landat a spot some 200 miles from the rendezvous point. During reentry and landing, much of theequipment aboard was damaged and, since survival depends on reaching the mother ship, themost critical items available must be chosen for the 200-mile trip. Below are listed the 15 itemsleft intact and undamaged after landing. Your task is to rank order them in terms of theirimportance for your crew in allowing them to reach the rendezvous point. Place the number 1 bythe most important item, the number 2 by the second most important, and so on through number15 for the least important.Your Ranking NASA Ranking_______ Box of matches ______________ Food concentrate ______________ 50 feet of nylon rope ______________ Parachute silk ______________ Portable heating unit ______________ Two .45 caliber pistols ______________ One case of dehydrated milk ______________ Two 100 lb. tanks of oxygen _______
  2. 2. _______ Stellar map ______________ Self-inflating life raft ______________ Magnetic compass ______________ 5 gallons of water ______________ Signal flares ______________ First aid kit, including injection needle ______________ Solar-powered FM receiver-transmitter _______Answers to the Survival on the Moon ExerciseItemNASA RankingNASAs ReasoningBox of matches15
  3. 3. Virtually worthless -- theres no oxygen on the moon to sustain combustionFood concentrate4Efficient means of supplying energy requirements50 feet of nylon rope6Useful in scaling cliffs and tying injured togetherParachute silk8Protection from the suns raysPortable heating unit13Not needed unless on the dark sideTwo .45 caliber pistols11Possible means of self-propulsionOne case of dehydrated milk12Bulkier duplication of food concentrateTwo 100 lb. tanks of oxygen
  4. 4. 1Most pressing survival need (weight is not a factor since gravity is one-sixth of the Earths -- eachtank would weigh only about 17 lbs. on the moon)Stellar map3Primary means of navigation - star patterns appear essentially identical on the moon as on EarthSelf-inflating life raft9CO2 bottle in military raft may be used for propulsionMagnetic compass14The magnetic field on the moon is not polarized, so its worthless for navigation5 gallons of water2Needed for replacement of tremendous liquid loss on the light sideSignal flares10Use as distress signal when the mother ship is sightedFirst aid kit, including injection needle7
  5. 5. Needles connected to vials of vitamins, medicines, etc. will fit special aperture in NASA space suitSolar-powered FM receiver-transmitter5For communication with mother ship (but FM requires line-of-sight transmission and can only beused over short ranges)Scoring:For each item, mark the number of points that your score differs from the NASA ranking, then addup all the points. Disregard plus or minus differences. The lower the total, the better your score.0 - 25 excellent26 - 32 good33 - 45 average46 - 55 fair56 - 70 poor -- suggests use of Earth-bound logic71 - 112 very poor – you’re one of the casualties of the space program!... published in the July 1999 issue of the NightTimes
  6. 6. Needles connected to vials of vitamins, medicines, etc. will fit special aperture in NASA space suitSolar-powered FM receiver-transmitter5For communication with mother ship (but FM requires line-of-sight transmission and can only beused over short ranges)Scoring:For each item, mark the number of points that your score differs from the NASA ranking, then addup all the points. Disregard plus or minus differences. The lower the total, the better your score.0 - 25 excellent26 - 32 good33 - 45 average46 - 55 fair56 - 70 poor -- suggests use of Earth-bound logic71 - 112 very poor – you’re one of the casualties of the space program!... published in the July 1999 issue of the NightTimes

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