ESMD 2010 Research Paper Competition – Deadline January 25, 2010

Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) was developed by the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) specifically to create a constellation of new capabilities, supporting technologies and foundational research that enables sustained and affordable human and robotic exploration. This competition is one of many projects designed to contribute to our Nation’s efforts in achieving excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Join NASA’s mission to bring us to the moon, Mars and beyond by submitting a research paper on one of the four ESMD topics listed below. Your research may be used as the solution to current NASA challenges.

Paper Topics Include:

-Ground Operations – Spacecraft Landing and Recovery Architecture: Historical Approaches and Ideas for the Future
-Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems – Synergistic degradation effects of materials exposed to radiation, micrometeors, thermal sinks and lunar dust
-Propulsion – Loading of Cryogenic Propellant in Space Launch Vehicle
-Spacecraft – Determination of the Optimum Internal Cockpit Layout

Four 1st place prizes of $3500 cash scholarships (one for each research topic) and VIP seating to an upcoming Space Shuttle launch

The deadline for submitting the research paper is midnight EST January 25, 2010. For complete information regarding the rules and guidelines visit our website at http://education.ksc.nasa.gov/esmdspacegrant/ResearchPaper.htm

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