C-TEC's Mission to Mars was first published in the column "Power Tools for Math & Science" in The Computing Teacher, May 1994. The Computing Teacher, now called Learning and Leading with Technology, is the magazine of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

C-TEC's Mission to Mars was one of our first adventures in the virtual exploration of Mars, inspired by Eric Burgess's Return to the Red Planet, Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, Ben Bova's Mars, and visits to NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.

Here we present an edited version of C-TEC's Mission to Mars. It has been more than ten years since the article appeared in The Computing Teacher. Much ado about Mars has happened since then! Many of the nonfiction resources we used in 1993–1994 may be replaced by up-to-date resources. The novels, Bova's Mars and Robinson's Red Mars, are still A-OK.

Reality expands to fill the available fantasies. – Laran Stardrake

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