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Survivor: Moon

Canadian Space Agency - CSA

Unplugged activity

Inspired and supported by CSA's Survivor: Moon
This activity can be done individually, or if possible in groups to encourage discussion, investigation and collaboration. The scenario is simple: you and your crew have had an emergency moon landing, and the team must go on a 50km hike to the lunar base.
Packing for this trip is critical. The team needs to decide on what items will be taken from the available 15 presented options, ensuring everybody's well-being and happy rendezvous with the base.


Rank each item in the list below from 1 to 15, 1 being the most important. Explore, investigate and discuss each item's pros and cons before assigning it a ranking.
Once you have your items ranked, compare your list with the one provided by NASA. See the link at the end of this section.

Item List

  1. 1.
    Box of matches
  2. 2.
    Food concentrate
  3. 3.
    15 meters of nylon rope
  4. 4.
    Parachute silk
  5. 5.
    Portable heating unit
  6. 6.
    Small fire extinguisher
  7. 7.
    One case of dehydrated milk
  8. 8.
    Two 45-kg tanks of oxygen
  9. 9.
    Stellar map
  10. 10.
    Self-inflating life raft
  11. 11.
    Magnetic compass
  12. 12.
    20 litres of water
  13. 13.
    Signal flares
  14. 14.
    First aid kit, including injection needle
  15. 15.
    Solar-powered FM receiver-transmitter
NASA's answers - (click on the > sign to expand)
So you are ready and have sorted all the items! Now go to this page to compare your rating and decision with NASA's in NASA'S answers
This is our first taste of some of the challenges humans have to face when we leave the comfort of our planet. In the next section, we will go over some interesting facts about our moon helping us connect even further with the spirit of the mission. See you in Moon Facts!
Teacher's Corner - More about this activity
This activity is part of a series of lessons, experiments, and games created and provided by the Canadian Space Agency. For more activities and details, please visit csa-youth-educators
For a direct link to this activity on the CSA's site and access to PDF material, please visit Survivor: Moon