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Learn the basic science needed to survive on Mars : This free online course will introduce the key scientific concepts needed for humans to survive on Mars, where there is no air to breathe, no water to drink and no food to eat. The course will also examine interdisciplinary skills and meticulous planning required to sustain human life in such a hostile environment. Case studies and insights from leading experts in the field of Chemistry, Astronomy, Physics and Geology will demonstrate the basic science and problem solving skills you can use in everyday life.

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This course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn more about the basic science required to survive on Mars. You’ll be able to use any scientific knowledge you bring to the course, but this is an introductory course and anyone can enjoy it without prior knowledge of the subject.



What topics will you cover?

  1. Water: the properties of water, and how to extract water on Mars
  2. Energy: solar energy, wind energy and energy from other sources
  3. Oxygen: the Martian atmosphere, oxygen on Mars, and how to recycle oxygen
  4. Food: nutrients for life, the challenge of growing food on Mars
  5. Concept Maps: how to create them to synthesise and organise knowledge

What will you achieve?

  1. Apply basic science to explore possible ways of producing water, oxygen, food and energy on Mars.
  2. Describe possible solutions and outcomes to problem-based scenarios.
  3. Synthesise key information from across the course to produce a plan for how to survive on Mars.
  4. Discuss the pros and cons of different survival strategies on Mars.


Tina Overton
I am a professor of chemistry education at Monash University. I teach chemistry and research into science education at university level.

Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway
I am an astronomer at Monash Univers. As a lecturer, I am passionate about incorporating excitement of scientific research and space exploration into undergraduate courses.


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Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities ranked in the world’s top 1% (Times Higher Education World University Rankings)

Monash University was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1958. In little more than 50 years, the University has become Australia’s largest university, earning an enviable national and international reputation for research and teaching excellence. Monash University is the youngest member of the Group of Eight, the coalition of Australia’s most prestigious research-intensive universities.

Monash is a global university possessing the ambition and ability to address momentous global challenges. It has campuses in Australia, China, Malaysia and South Africa as well as an education centre in Italy, and major partnerships with universities in the UK and India. For more information, visit




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It is a company launched and wholly owned by The Open University in Milton Keynes, England. It is the first UK-led massive open online course learning platform, and as of March 2015 included 54 UK and international University partners and unlike similar platforms includes four non-university partners: the British Museum, the British Council, the British Library and the National Film and Television School.

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