AFRL New Mexico Program Helps 1000 Students Simulate Life on Mars


ALBUQUERQUE-More than a thousand 5th graders from more than 40 New Mexico schools took part in this year's AFRL Mission to Mars, one of the state’s premier STEM events, Friday, April 22 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.  

The students spent several months learning about Mars and what it would take to support life on the red planet. During the Mission to Mars, the students took what they learned and simulated a visit to Mars. They worked in teams to build suitable habitats and life support systems and give technical briefings about their systems to AFRL scientists and engineers.

Mission to Mars is part of AFRL’s La Luz Academy which provides STEM education to students in 5th to 12th grade around New Mexico. It is one of the academy’s most popular and long-running programs. Over the past 22 years, more than 18 thousand New Mexico students have taken part in simulating life on Mars.