Return from Mars – the team impulse for collaboration

  • 3 – 200
  • 60 min (without reflection)
  • Virtual | Face to Face
Your team experiences what happens when the communication breaks down. In »Return to Mars«, astronaut teams have to tell Houston where they have landed in order to be rescued. The discussion and factual analysis in the teams can begin - now, factual and appreciated communication is needed, in order to strengthen the collaboration in a team.
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Return from Mars – the team impulse for collaboration

Back to Earth Together – The Story

We’re writing year 2045. The first Mars mission has been launched successfully. A crew has finally been been sent to Mars and also to get them succefully back to Earth. The astronauts have experienced a lot on their long journey and are exhaused. After a few months in space, their physical fitness has been strongly reduced, even though they have made a lot of progress in the last few years and they haven’t lost as much muscle mass as they did in the early 20s during long space flights, to the point where they couldn’t even leave the space capsules by themselves when back on Earth.

And now this: the contact to Houston is lost shortly before landing and the space capsule has landed somewhere in the Kursk mountains. Now it is about the survival of the weakened crew. The contact to Houston has to quickly be reestablished and the location for the rescue has to be passed on.

The aim is to find a map. This will only be possible when four to six colleagues work together in small groups. They investigate the coordinates and decipher information, find creative solutions and keep developing strategies in order to best budget their own ressources. With the help of the map, the exhausted astronauts finally find the appropriate place in order to make contact with Houston again and to be rescued. Challenges are waiting to be solved – always together! As to be successful, the teams can by no means separate.

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How you support the collaboration of the team with »Return From Mars«


This short simulation quickly leads the teams to commmunicate and supports the clear and factual decision making amongst the participants. »Return from Mars« is ideal for short training sequences all about communication and collaboration in a team. The simulation reveals the role allocation in the team and in this way eases further collaboration.

Learning effects

  • Concentration on the essential things
  • Clear communication is needed under time pressure
  • Use team members according to their capabilities


The measured vaules in this simulation are the solution to the tasks and the required time. The measured valuables provide infomation about whether the roles, in particular the leading role, have been taken on. How much the team limits itself to what is essential, that means works effectively or becomes distracted from unimportant tasks.

Possible occasions

  • Reflection and optimisation of team collaboration
  • New leadership meets exsisting team
  • Team doesn’t work effectively
  • Recognise potential in a team
  • Occurence of communication problems
  • Find factual solutions to problems


»Return from Mars« is appropriate for teams on all hierarchical levels, for exsisting teams and teams in the development phase.
»Return from Mars« can be carried out online (virtually) or on-site. »Return from Mars« is easy to plan in a whole context as it takes exactly 60 minutes (without the reflection).

Customer reviews

“Entertaining team impulse and good training tool around the communication behavior and the precision of information transfer. One is always surprised how theoretically supposedly logical topics do not run optimally in everyday practice. The only thing that helps is practice, practice, practice.”

Head of Department NU 4 Media GmbH

At a glance

Included services

  • Extenisve advice beforehand
  • Implementation and presentation (digitally or on-site)
  • Licence costs
  • Analysis and reflection by our team trainer*

*only available if you book the active module with trainer.


  • 3 – 200
  • 60 min (without reflection)
  • Virtual | Face to Face
  • Worldwide
  • German, English
  • 1 m2 per participant, at least 20 m2
  • Year round

Suitable for

  • Teams on all hierarchie levels
  • Exsisting teams and teams in the developmental phase

Are you interested? Choose your trainer and send us your request.

We will contact you immediately to discuss the details (scope, procedure of the team development) and to provide you with a non-binding offer.

Britta Beste
Christian Brink