Expedition Mars in an international competition organised by the voluntary association “Dětská tisková agentura”. Young Czechs and Slovaks in the ages 13 to 18 can participate, especially those interested in natural science and technology. The competition started in 2004 and was initially named Expedice Vesmír, later on Expedice Space One and Two and since the year 2007 its name has stayed Expedition Mars.
The competition is prepared by former finalists themselves. They lived through all the rounds and with their experiences they constantly improve the competition in a way which is most beneficial for the contestants.
The goal of Expedition is to find students that are truly curious, want to know how a space mission is created and are interested in natural sciences. At the same time they have to have the motivation to improve and evolve. Expedition is a stepping stone, which brings together talented young people from the Czech republic and Slovakia and provides them with new opportunities.
We put a lot of effort and time into selecting the winners of Expedition. We not only want to pick people who are knowledgable, but we also make sure to select a crew that will work and live together efficiently during simulated mission. In each round we test your knowledge, your motivation to grow, your endurance and your ability to work in a team.
Expertise Physicist (CZ) →
Expertise Engineer (CZ) →
Expertise Constructor (CZ) →
Expertise Promoter (CZ) →
In case you get stuck doing your project, you can always ask for help or a tip from your expertise supervisor, they will gladly help you!
Semi-final is for the best 25 participants of the internet round. You are in for a weekend full of new experiences and hard work. You will learn a lot and during many activities we will test your endurance, enthusiasm and your ability to work in a team under pressure.Your team consists of people in your expertise with which you will be working on a project, which will be presented at the end of semi-finals. These projects will be mostly focused on a start of high altitude balloon, which is to be launched after the final round. Most participants are never going to forget the experience they gained during this round. Expedition might be a competition but it is also a great adventure which includes a lot of exploring and the opportunity to surpass your own limits. From semi-final round 10 best continue into the final round.
Eurotrip is a multiple day trip which will take you into the institutions of European Space Agency. If you want to see a space operations centre from inside and talk to those working there, this is your opportunity. We then visit the space research and technology centre, where you can see how Europeans contribute in this area. The journey is also connected with an excursion into the European parliament and commission in Brussels.
Final round, which comes right after Eurotrip, takes place in Slovakia. Together with your team you are working on preparations for the high altitude balloon flight. For the last time you will compare your abilities with rest of the participants, while experiencing fun and friendship along the way. During finals you will pass a small simulated mission, interviews and many other tests. At the end we will pick the crew of the 100 hour long simulated mission.
High altitude balloon – Once everything is ready we are going to launch the high altitude balloon, which collects the data from experiments, which you prepared with your crew during the semifinals and finals. The data will be processed by the crew during the simulated mission itself.
Simulated mission lasts over 100 hours and is the longest simulated flight into space in Europe. During this flight the main crew fulfills tasks, experiments and processes data, while having no contact with the rest of the world but Mission Control Centre. On top of that they constantly monitor onboard systems and solve unexpected problems. During the mission they also undergo a simulated extravehicular activity on Mars.
And after that? You will spend almost a year with Expedition and you will find friends for life. So it is obvious it can not end withs the simulated mission. All finalists can become organizers, prepare next years with us, become supervisors and evolve further.