An illustration of life on Mars.

Where will you work in the future? Down the road? Across the sea? Or maybe, up in space? The space sector plays a role in many diverse industries including agriculture, meteorology, precision mapping and health. What industries would it take to make Mars our home?

The Mission Control Workshop combines Civics and STEM skills in a two-part workshop, delivered at the Australian Space Discovery Centre. 

Not in SA? Check out Science Gallery Melbourne for Victorian Mission Control.

Part 1: From Parliament to Mars (90 min)

Students will think critically about the skills and knowledge needed for a successful mission to Mars. They will debate and vote on industries to send on the mission in a way that mirrors South Australia’ parliamentary process. 

Part 2: Life on Mars (90 min)

After deciding on the industries they will take to Mars, students will work collaboratively to complete a hands-on design challenge. They will need to consider how to sustainably power operations, feed the population, and communicate across the far reaches of space.

Booking your session

For all enquiries, please contact the Australian Space Discovery Centre via email at or a call at 08 8432 1400. 

Bookings at each location will be forwarded to the respective education team.


Term 2 2024

School sessions for Mission Control will be available Mondays during Term 2. All sessions will be onsite at the Discovery Centre. 


Term 3 2024

For select dates in Term 3 a full-day program is available, with From Parliament to Mars delivered from Parliament of South Australia (9:30 – 11:30 am) and Life on Mars delivered from the Australian Space Discovery Centre (12:00 – 1:30pm). Where the full-day program cannot be completed, each session can be booked separately or as a standalone workshop.


Full-Day Program dates 

  • 22 and 29 July 2024
  • 5 and 12 August 2024 
  • 2 and 16 September 2024


Part 1 ONLY at Parliament of SA 

Please enquire. We have frequent weekday availability across the school term.


Part 2 ONLY at Discovery Centre (9.30–11.30am)

  • 2, 9 and 30 August 2024 
  • 6 September 2024

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