Welcome to Mission Critical
Chemistry, where students at Carnegie Mellon and ITESM collaborate in teams to
develop a next-generation fuel system for a mission to Mars.
NASA has recently
developed a set of powerful reductants, and IMP has developed a set of powerful
oxidants. The goal of this mission is to identify a reductant/oxidant pair that
can serve as a fuel for a Mars mission. Neither CMU nor ITESM has all of the
information needed to solve the problem, and for international security reasons,
these components can not change hands. You must work with your international
colleagues to design experiments to solve the mission, as explained in the
Problem Description to the left. Below you will find guidelines and
objectives to complete in order to complete on March 23rd:
- Familiarize yourself with your task and proper protocols
required for this activity. Start by reading the problem description
and communications memo.
- You will need to download AOL Instant Messenger if you
don't already have it and get a screen name for chatting with your international
partners (your chat will be monitored by Mission Control). You can do both of
these things here:
After that, send an email to your international colleagues
following the guidelines in the communications memo.
Your next step is to charactarize your fuels. To do this,
determine the enthalpy of reaction between your three fuels and the standard
reductant. You will be using the Virtual Lab for this step of the activity and
should read the chemistry report before beginning in the virtual lab.
Then we'll meet again to determine the flight
parameters and launch the rocket.
If at any point you need help, send us an