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The year is 2055. ARES 2 space shuttle is on its way to Mars when a shocking accident occurs. Now, ARES 2 must lose a significant part of its payload to be able to safely land on Mars. 

In this experience, participants are immersed in ARES Mining Mission Control and in the Mars Base Camp, asked to make a tough decision on the payload cut. Working in teams, participants will gather information and share it between themselves to achieve the best solution, and save crew life and uphold mission objectives. The clock is ticking as the ship gets closer to Mars. What will you decide?

Type of experience

Interactive Simulation

Learning areas


Team dynamics

Decision making (bias)

Unique features

Multiple choice questions 

Heat maps and behavioral analytics

Individual vs. group decisions

Interactive interviews

 Item selection

3 Hrs

30 min

Recommended learning time
Duration of VR
Learning objectives
  • Effective decision making in complex and ambiguous situations

  • Sharing the uncommon - how to tackle information biases in teams?

  • Listening to minority voice in team decision making

  • Encouraging minority dissent and listening to others’ perspectives

  • Balancing efficiency with curiosity and innovation

  • Debriefing – how to learn from success and failures


Charles Galunic, Jennifer Petriglieri, Spencer Harrison

Mission To Mars - New Horizons

Leadership and effective communication
Experience segments - 5
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