Exploration Design Challenge

Why We Explore

why do we explore?

From the time of our birth, humans have felt a primordial urge to explore -- to blaze new trails, map new lands, and answer profound questions about ourselves and our universe.
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Become Part of Space History - Get Involved

NASA Exploration Design Challenge logo

Charting Your Journey to Mars!

About the Challenge

The goal of the Exploration Design Challenge is for students to research and design ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. NASA and Lockheed Martin are developing the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low Earth orbit and on to an asteroid or Mars. Protecting astronauts from radiation on these distant travels is an important -- and very real -- problem that needs solving. NASA would like your help!

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K-4 grade level
5-8 grade level
9-12 grade level
Individuals or Groups

Welcome to the Challenge -- From Astronaut Sunita Williams

Invitation to Participate -- From NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin
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Join the Team -- From Orion Propulsion Engineer Heather McKay
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Exploration Design Challenge Partners



Virginia Team Wins EDC

Exploration Design Challenge Winners Team ARES
Team ARES from Hampton, Va., will work with NASA to prepare their experimental design for flight later this year.
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› And Then There Were Five . . .
› Final Five Selected
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Ask the Experts

Amber Gell sitting in front of Orion capsule

Lockheed Martin and NASA experts answer questions about Orion, radiation and deep space travel.

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Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle
Orion will carry the crew to space and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities.
› Orion Home Page
› Orion Paper Model

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Page Last Updated: October 8th, 2014
Page Editor: Sandra May