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The Spaceship Icarus, believed lost for months after veering from its programmed course, has finally re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere – but sadly only 4 of its 5-man crew have survived the journey home. Your students must track its journey to the outer reaches of the solar system and discover what caused it to deviate from its route – a system malfunction, or sabotage; and whether this is related to the death of one of the crew.

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What happened to Captain Edward Morris, Commander of The Icarus?

The Spacecraft Icarus, returning from a fact finding mission to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, suddenly vanished from all tracking systems and remained lost in space for 8 months.

It has finally re-appeared, re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere without incident, although its Commander, Captain Morris, lies dead in his sleep pod. What caused the Icarus to stray from its course? Was this a computer malfunction, a collision in space, or did someone have good reason to want to redirect the ship elsewhere? Do you have what it takes to solve the case?

Join the staff of the Universal Earth Space Agency as they try and piece together the Icarus’s last journey, and the fate of its Captain; locate and examine evidence; search the dead man’s quarters; check the ship’s manual; visit other locations and search them for clues; evaluate the suspects and their statements; get to the bottom of inconsistencies and anomalies and work out what really happened.

Who had accessed the navigation system and made unauthorised amendments?

Why did the ship’s First Officer decline to apply for the Captain’s position himself?

Why was the Technical Officer disgruntled with Captain Morris?

Who received a serious Disciplinary just before the ship began its return journey?

The answers to these, and other questions, will help you uncover the truth, and solve the mystery.

Solar Projects

All Sleuth IT cases come with ten detailed projects available with supporting documentation, differentiated teaching materials  and media on the Sleuth IT USB drive.

Evidence dossier
Comic Strip
News Report
Crack the Code
Evidence Analysis
Organising data
Character project
Forensic facts
Explain Everything project
Conclusions – submitting your report
This document maps All Sleuth IT casesto the competencies covered!

Curriculum objectives covered are on the development of pupil’s competence in numeracy and mathematics, language and literacy across the curriculum and across a range of curriculum areas. For further enquiries, case ideas or technical support please contact us.