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Lunar Research Station Design Challenge
Considerations that need to be addressed with the research station design are:
Preparing to explore the Moon using sites on Earth (called “analog studies”) is much safer, more accessible, and less expensive. Plus, it can be a lot of fun! The knowledge and expertise gathered from analog studies are an important and necessary step towards our future exploration of the Moon and beyond.
Simultaneous to this Challenge, via the NASA ESMD Spaceward Bound program and in partnership with The Mars Society, university students will be conducting research at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah alongside NASA scientists. At MDRS, crews of people live in a confined spacecraft-like environment, conduct scientific research, use robots, perform extra-vehicular activities in mock spacesuits, plan and schedule their work with support from scientists and engineers on Earth, analyze their data and write daily reports to inform Earth support teams of their progress; just like Martian explorers will someday. As their work is conducted, their actions are recorded and their experience is analyzed, providing useful information to refine crew operations and mission designs.
Challenge participants will be able to follow this research online, discover what makes MDRS an exceptional analog environment, learn what it’s like to live and work in such an environment, and understand the differences between Martian and lunar research station requirements. During the mid-Challenge webchat, students will be able to chat online with crew members. The final Challenge webcast will be produced and broadcast live from MDRS.
Good luck and thank you for your assistance in the development of lunar analog sites NASA’s Exploration Mission!
(It is anticipated that this design process will not occupy your entire class schedule. This challenge has been stretched out to allow for maximum participation.)
NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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