Before class, print out enough copies of the “What Do You Know about Space” Quiz so that each of your students has a copy.
Ask for a show of hands: How many of you have learned about space in school?
- What are some things you have learned about space? (Allow you students to share their knowledge of planets, etc.)
As you’ve learned about space, many of you may have heard about a program called Mars One. This program selects candidates to travel to Mars, colonize, and live out the rest of their lives on Mars. Because of the nature of this lifelong mission, there are many requirements for selecting candidates!
- If you were someday given the chance to move to Mars forever, would you take it? (Answers will vary.)
When everyone is finished, share the following information about “Selecting the [Mars One] Crew” from the official Mars One website. You can also share other information from this page as time allows:
Official Mars One website
“There are multiple requirements to become a Mars One astronaut. Applicants’ characteristics must fit with those of an astronaut. Meaning the candidate needs to be:
Trustworthy and Trusting
Above the age of 18
A2 English level
Other physical requirements”
Even after the intense selection process, the people selected must go through a lot of training together—about the journey into space, colonizing Mars, and building a new life together. The selection and training are very important on this mission.
There is so much about space that we just don’t know—that we haven’t explored. Even with new missions and programs to discover more about space, there are still so many things we can’t even begin to understand. Only God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, knows everything about outer space.
- What are some other things we only know bits and pieces about even though there is a lot more to know? (Allow students to speculate about ocean life, the human body, events before recorded history, etc.)
This morning, we are going to be talking about a place that we sometimes think we know a lot about—but we really don’t. But one thing we know for sure—Jesus will be there!