edu_learning_cycle by Don Boonstra
Built first and foremost as a research tool, SIMOC is also designed as a platform for interactive, learning. As a web-based application, it is readily engaged by citizen scientists world-wide. On-screen guides provide clear, step-by-step introductions to mission planning. Science centers, planetariums, and after-school programs can go much deeper, building curricula around the myriad subjects SIMOC interweaves: payload and fuel management, orbital mechanics, setting mission objectives, varied power generation and storage, human and plant metabolism, mechanical life support systems, and the symbiotic relationship between humans and their environment. This is too easily taken for granted on planet Earth, but will be mission critical on a remote planet, moon, or asteroid.