Artemis I: To the Moon and Beyond

Source: NASA

Type: Investigation

Theme: Engineering

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Learning Target: Students will build a decision tree for analyzing errors in flight while comparing and contrasting Earth and Martian resources.


This project is for groups of decision treethree. Be sure to photo-document your project development.

  1. Watch this video
  2. Research the Artemis I series of missions. Learn about Artemis I mission goals.
  3. Plan and create a decision tree. Make a list of at least five errors/malfunctions that could occur during the mission. A full mission abort is OK, but none of the errors should end in catastrophic failure (sorry, for those interested in ballistic fireworks). Each error will require a decision based on a question. Write a question for each error. Such as:
    Error: Booster Rockets are not safely jettisoned.
    Question: Continue flight path with boosters attached?
    Yes: Modify flight path.
    No: Abort mission. Fire thrusters to re-enter atmosphere.
  4. Create a PowerPoint that contains the following:
    1. Project documentation.
    2. Create a visual annotated diagram for your decision tree. Use Lucidchart's symbol list for creating your decision tree. Annotate decision tree flow chart.
    3. Answer the following questions:
      1. How does one of your modified missions justify Artemis I mission goals.
      2. Should a manned mission to the Moon or Mars be attempted? Why or why not?
  5. Obtain and provide a Peer Review.
  6. Revise your work.


  1. PowerPoint.
  2. Submit a Peer Review.


Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • I can use appropriate tools strategically.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Cause and Effect
  • Energy and Matter