Special Assignment #1 - Mir Space Station Report

Date Due - Friday, September 26, 1996 - 5PM

(5 Points toward the Special Assignment grade; 25 pts max for semester)

Watch the film Out of the Present which deals with the 1991/1992 Russian Mir Space Station mission. During this mission the cosmonauts watched from above as their country broke apart into a dozen independent states.

Suppose that mankind colonizes Mars within the next century. Do you think that the colonies will always be controlled by Earth, or will they break off to form their own countries? Write a short essay on this subject (1-2 pages) that details what you think and gives arguments to support your ideas. You may wish to extrapolate on some of the themes covered in the film.

You may submit this assignment as either a typewritten report or a Web page.