2012 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest – Deadline March 15, 2012

Design a space settlement! Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines.

The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is for 11-18-year-old students from anywhere in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.

Submissions must be received by March 15, 2012.

For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/

If you have any questions about the contest, please e-mail Al Globus at aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov.


12 thoughts on “2012 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest – Deadline March 15, 2012

  1. Riyaz Ahmad says:

    can you send us entry form

    • I’m glad you are interested in participating! The entry form is available online at the following URL: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/entform.html. simply fill in the information within the form, print two copies of the completed page, and include it with your contest entry. Send a hard copy of your entry and two hard copies of a filled out entry form (one attached to your entry and the other separate) to:

      NASA Ames Research Center
      Al Globus/Mail Stop 262-4
      Bldg. 262, Rm. 277
      P.O. Box 1
      Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001

      Entries must arrive by March 15, 2012.

      Good luck!

  2. what can i do in this competition ? i do not understand about project and space colonies

    • This competition is designed for children ages 11-18 years. If you are a student interested in participation, you should speak with an adult who can assist you with your project. You can learn many things about potential space colonies at http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/. Perhaps the best way to learn more is to view the previous winning entries. The contest page lists links to the previous winning entries. http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/. Space Colonies, in the terms of this competition, include any permanent settlements in orbit around a planet, moon, or other body. The only such settlement that currently exists is the International Space Station. Other examples included the Russian MIR station and Skylab. These were all very small settlements and were not meant to be permanent. In order to participate in the contest, you should imagine a settlement that allows many people to permanently live in space. Consider what this would look like. How would people live in the settlement? How would the settlement function? Think about how the colony would produce food, oxygen, water, and all of the things that people need to live and work in space. Contest submission should include a drawing of your settlement and an essay about how the settlement functions. Designs, original research, essays, stories, models, artwork or any other orbital space settlement related materials may be submitted. Good luck!

  3. Parv Khurana says:

    when are the results gonna come?

    • The submission process closed on March 15, so you should expect at least a month for the review process. The competition administrator hasn’t specified a date for winner announcements but it will likely be in late April at the earliest because reading through all of these great ideas takes a little time. If you submitted a project, I wish you the best of luck in the competition!

  4. Were the projects which reached on 15th of march also accepted?

  5. When is the result ?

  6. we have secured specialty 1st prize in this competition and we want to attend the ISDC 2012, on behalf of our team I would like to enquire whether we get to visit NASA (Florida) or take part in the advanced space camp program with the reference of this project or with special permission as we heard a lot about it and are anxious to take part.

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