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Lunar Deep Freeze Challenge

NASA has a mission critical need for novel small-footprint, lightweight, low-/no-power cryogenic containment solutions that will enable long-term storage and transportation of lunar material samples back to Earth. The “Lunar Deep Freeze Challenge” is seeking novel approaches to cryogenic containment that will allow lunar sample transport from the Moon to Earth. NASA is open to any and all innovative approaches that can deliver or enable long-term cryogenic storage in a small footprint, lightweight, efficient approach. A universal single-system cryogenic solution that could be used continuously from Human Landing System (HLS) to NASA facilities on Earth would be ideal; however all innovative combinations of approaches, processes and systems that can deliver an actionable solution to this challenge are of significant interest. Submissions will be evaluated in two categories: Small Transportable Cryogenic Containment Systems and Innovatiosn for Long-Term Cryogenic Stowage & Transportation.

Award: $40,000 in prizes

Open Date: September 16, 2020

Close Date: November 12, 2020

Frequency: Once

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