Exploration Design Challenge

Teaching From Space

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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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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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Ask the Experts

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

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Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
Page Editor: NASA Administrator