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Overview of Teams

Volcano Team
Team Information
Monitoring Instruc.
Short Instructions
Data Sheets
VT/RF and Total Graphs
Report Forms
Hurricane Team
Team Information
Tracking Instruc.
Short Instructions
Data Sheets
Report Forms
Evacuation Team
Team Information
Orders Form
Comm. Team
Team Information
Media Team
Team Information
Maps for all Teams
Team Information


Overview of Teams
Mission day is September 4, 1996
Montserrat is the world’s most dangerous place

For this mission, you will join one of four crisis management teams and use your science knowledge and math skills to avert possible disaster. Eight thousand residents’ lives are in the balance. Your Satellite Team, Volcano Team and Hurricane Teams will rally to analyse the data and determine the risks to the people of the island. Your recommendations will then be presented to the Evacuation Team, who will determine a plan of action for saving the islanders.

Hurricane Team

Downloads data on the hurricane location and intensity from satellites; tracks the hurricane's path and speed and predicts the impact upon the island; forwards predictions to the other teams.

Volcano Team

Downloads and analyses seismic data from satellites; makes predictions of volcanic activity; forwards to the other teams.

Evacuation Team

Researches the Island of Montserrat in preparation for the threatening volcano and hurricane. Determines what evacuation procedures to relay to the island via Communications and Mission Control.

Satellite Team

Maintains constant satellite coverage of Montserrat; warns teams about any low value data due to satellite transmission failures.

Communications Team

Communicates all verbal and written communications between Mission Control and the other teams.

Media Team

Interviews team members; creates a record of the mission for future reports; collects emergency advice to be communicated to the island's residents.

Research Team

Researches information online on behalf of the other teams; forwards all inforamtion to the other teams to assist in decision making.




During the Mission

The mission begins when the space shuttle lifts off and the astronauts deploy a satellite as part of the network of satellites used in emergency monitoring situations. The satellite network immediately begins broadcasting data about the volcano and hurricane. Throughout the mission, the flight director at Challenger’s Mission Control is in live contact with your teams via video, audio, and a “chat window.” At the end of the mission, the flight director will conduct a post-mission briefing. The flight director reviews the event and gives your teams the opportunity to evaluate what you have learned.

 


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