NASA invites college students to get involved with space exploration by helping to design the tools and instruments needed for the next-generation explorers. Student projects will tackle real problems to be solved for a successful manned or robotic mission.
Examples of problems include:
–New methods of navigation.
–Sample retrieval and on-site analysis.
–Radiation detection and avoidance.
–Communication with planetary outpost, with orbiters and with Earth.
–Video capture of sorties for transmission back to Earth.
–Astronaut rescue and recovery.
— Radiation and dust mitigation strategies for rovers 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.
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