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Second Annual 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition

More than any other time in space exploration history, it's an exciting age for educators and students.

Second annual 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition

Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will return to the moon. This time, we're planning to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond. Today's students will be tomorrow's explorers.

Image to right: Second annual 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition logo. Credit: NASA

In 2008, NASA will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Sometimes to look forward you need to take a step back and study the past.

So that's what we're challenging students to do in the second annual 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition -- take a look back at NASA's first 50 years of exploration and answer this question:

What do you think is NASA's greatest exploration achievement in the past 50 years, and why?

We want your answer in the form of an audio or video podcast.

The second annual 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition is sponsored by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics in collaboration with NASA and is open to United States citizens between 11 and 18 years of age.

Students under 18 need written consent from a parent or guardian.

The competition begins October 1, 2007, and ends after the first 1,000 entries are submitted in each category OR at midnight on January 4, 2008, whatever occurs first.

Student podcasts will be grouped into two age divisions -- ages 11 to 14 and ages 15 to 18. Only one podcast per entrant will be accepted.

Students in each division will submit an entry in one of two categories -- Audio Podcast or Video Podcast.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each age group and category within each age group. An additional "People's Choice Award," which will be selected by the public, will honor one podcast for each age division.

More competition details and the entry form can be found at the 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition website at:


All work must be original. The use of copyrighted material will disqualify your entry.

So, students... Grab a computer, a mic and/or a video camera and get busy!

Teachers, encourage your students to put on their thinking caps, reflect on the past and see how it connects to the future. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a close look at where space exploration may take 21st Century explorers!

Winners will be announced at the 3rd Space Exploration Conference in Denver, Colorado, on February 28, 2008.

Following the announcement, all winning entries will be posted on the competition website.

Find out more at:

+ The 3rd Space Exploration Conference
+ The Vision for Space Exploration

Chris Giersch