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The mission of Spaceward Bound is to train the next generation of space explorers by having students and teachers participate in the exploration of scientifically interesting but remote and extreme environments on Earth as analogs for human exploration of the Moon and Mars.

Spaceward Bound supports the second major NASA education goal to attract and retain students in STEM disciplines through a progression of educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM and Education, pre-service and in-service STEM K-12 teachers as well as STEM education faculty.

Through our Field Expeditions and Mars Simulations, we inspire, engage and educate members of the STEM education pipeline, and prepare individuals for employment in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s mission and strategic goals.