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Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams

Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) challenges undergraduate students to design, build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge. The overall experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations, and public outreach. Test operations are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). Teams will propose design and prototyping of a tool or simulant identified by NASA engineers as necessary in space exploration missions. Professional NBL divers will test the tools and students will direct the divers from the Test Conductor Room of the NBL facility. Micro-g NExT provides a unique opportunity to contribute to NASA’s missions. The 2024 Micro-g NExT challenges focus on Orion crew safety and lunar extravehicular activities (EVA) operations during the Artemis missions.

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2024 challenge

Released Aug. 22, 2023

Application window

Open Until Oct. 10, 2023

2024 Test Week

June 3-6, 2024


Johnson Space Center

Micro-g NExT Eligibility

Participant Criteria

Take a look at the eligibility requirements to see if your team can participate.

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Join Artemis!

Authentic, hands-on learning experiences give students in middle school all the way through graduate school a chance to flex their design and engineering skills as they build and launch high-powered rockets, design robots capable of mining the Moon’s surface or traversing difficult lunar terrain, create human-powered rovers, and test technologies and tools to assist future astronauts working on the Moon.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Micro-g NExT, please send us an email. We’d love to hear from you!