Before the e-Mission the students should be prepared with background information about the mission and the Island of Montserrat. They will have practiced analysing data from a hurricane and a volcano and be familiar with the process. They may have practiced the tracking satellites. The students will have been arranged into teams by the teacher or by making applications to the teacher. Students must be a member of and seated with either the volcano team, hurricane team, evacuation team, satellite team, communications team, media team or research team.
At the official start of the mission, the Mission Commander will make contact from Mission Control and review communication protocols with the Communications Team. This will help a smooth exchange of information throughout the mission. Once the mission begins, the Mission Commander at Mission Control will provide the students with a brief overview and introduction to their tasks. The Mission Commander will then provide URLs from which 'live' satellite data about the volcano or hurricane can be downloaded.
On mission day, students watch as the space shuttle lifts off and astronauts repair a satellite. The satellite network begins broadcasting data about volcanic activity on Montserrat in the Caribbean. Twelve thousand residents await the Emergency Response Teams' scientific analysis of the situation. The tension grows when it appears that a hurricane is on course for the Island. In a live mission student volcano teams and hurricane teams rally to analyse the data and determine the risks to the people of the Island. Throughout the mission, Mission Control is in contact with your students and is able to see, hear, and talk to the students. There is also a "chat window" for typed communications.