Discovering the Solar System

To the crews of the Arks, your mission, the salvation of the Human Race, is about to commence. Before you leave our home for the farther reaches of the galaxies, for where no human has ever been before, it's vital that you prepare for what may lay in wait. We have no way of knowing what systems you may encounter on the other side of 'Hope', the wormhole through which you must pass,but you must be ready. For anything.


To this end we have constructed a number of simulations which will put to the test your knowledge, and more importantly, your ability to work as a team, an indispensable ability if you are to survive the challenges of Outer Space and succesfully complete the most important mission humankind has ever embarked upon: Colonize a new planet and build our new Home.


Good luck. We're counting on you.

General Robert D. Graham

Space Colony Project Director


  • Teamwork dynamics

  • Learn how to write a report

  • Basic knowledge of Solar System & Universe





  • Forecasting the possibilities of different scenarios on the Solar System [Key concepts: our solar system; celestial bodies; solar system models]

  • Write a Scientific Report




We reach an heliocentric system. The elements ( items), and its different variations, that we will study will be :


  1. Planet rotation → grade 0 : no rotation; grade 1: medium rotation; grade 2: high rotation.

  2. Translation movement → grade 0: no such movement; grade 1: slow translation; grade 2: high translation.

  3. Orbit shape → grade 0: circular; grade 1: elliptical; grade 2: squared .

  4. Planet inclination → grade 0: no inclination; grade 1: 20º inclination; grade 2: 60º inclination.

  5. Relative position to the Sun → grade 0: twice the distance; grade 1: half the distance.


You need to indicate on your report:

  • Definition of the item and its usual behaviour.

  • Consequences of the different grades of item’s variation to its habitability.



Groups 1, 2 and 3

What happens if we have to colonize the planet that is in the center?


Groups 4, 5 and 6

What happens if we have to colonize one of the planets that orbit around the central planet?



Group 1
Is it important the rotation of a planet?

Group 2
Could we life in a planet with two moons?

Group 3
Why do we need a “wormhole” and we cannot travel through a “normal” way of transport?

Group 4
The Sun (or The Suns!): do they have a determined life period? What happens when they “die” and Why ?

Group 5
Would we be able to inhabit a planet in a Nebulosa?

Group 6
What if we find a Solar System with two Suns?