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Student launch participants and guests launching their team rockets at Bragg's farm in Huntsville, AL.

NASA Student Launch

It actually IS rocket science! Student Launch is a 9-month long challenge that tasks student teams from across the U.S. to design, build, test, and launch a high-powered rocket carrying a scientific or engineering payload. It is a hands-on, research-based, engineering activity and culminates each year with a final launch in Huntsville, Alabama home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The activity offers multiple challenges reaching a broad audience colleges and universities as well as middle and high school aged students across the nation.

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Activity timeline

August 2023 – May 2024



Culminating Event Location

Huntsville, AL

Culminating Event Dates

April 10, 2024 – April 16, 2024

Participation Eligibility

Student Launch is open to all U.S. colleges and universities, and qualifying grades 6-12 teams.

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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

Please direct questions and inquiries regarding registration, competition operations or logistics to the challenge organizers listed below.

Fred Kepner
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Office of STEM Engagement
Mail Code CS60
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
Email: Fred.Kepner@nasa.gov

Members of the news media interested in attending the NASA Student Launch activities or interviewing participants before or during the event should contact Chris Blair in the Marshall Center’s Public & Employee Communications Office.

Chris Blair
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
Public Affairs Office
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
Phone: 256-544-0034
Email: christopher.e.blair@nasa.gov