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December 11, 2006
NASA to Announce Student Lunar Station Design Challenge Results
On the heels of NASA's announcement to build a permanent base on the moon by 2024, NASA Quest, Moffett Field, Calif., will announce the results of the Lunar Research Station Design Challenge on a webcast from the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the Utah desert on Dec. 12, 2006 at 9:00 a.m. PST. News media are invited to participate. The webcast and student designs can be accessed at the NASA Quest Web site.
Intended for students in grades 5-8, the contest challenged students to design and build a full or scale model of an Earth-based research station that will support living adaptively and working efficiently on the moon. Sponsored by the NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, Washington, the challenge was designed to help generate excitement for NASA's future human exploration of the moon.
As part of the webcast, students will be able to discuss their design issues with MDRS crewmembers participating in an eight-week training and research mission simulating a Mars mission as part of NASA's Spaceward Bound project.
For more information about the Lunar Research Station Design Challenge and to view the student designs, visit:
For more information about NASA's Spaceward Bound project and the Mars Desert Research Station mission, visit:
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