NASA invites college students to get involved with NASA’s return to the moon by helping to design the tools and instruments needed for the next-generation manned moon rover. Student projects will tackle real problems to be solved for a successful manned lunar mission.
Examples of problems include:
–Navigation in the darkness around the moon’s south pole.
–Sample retrieval and on-site analysis.
–Radiation detection and avoidance.
–Communication with lunar outpost, with orbiters and with Earth.
–Video capture of sorties for transmission back to Earth.
–Astronaut rescue and recovery.
–Lunar regolith mitigation strategies for rover and space suits.
The contest is open to U.S. citizens enrolled full-time in an accredited post-secondary institution in the U.S., including universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges and professional schools. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged, across departments and institutions.
An e-mail notice of intent is due by Dec. 15, 2009. Final entries are due on or before May 15, 2010.
For more information about the contest and to register online, visit http://moontasks.larc.nasa.gov