The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has set up a competition to several universities over the country to solicit solutions to its moondust problems.
In a press release from the space agency published on website SciTechDaily, they have officially launched its annual Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. For this year’s iteration, they have raised the question of how to provide creative solutions to problems that arise with moondust. This material is really troublesome for it can damage highly expensive technical NASA equipment and can also hamper the studies conducted by them. But the direst of them all is that it can cause serious health concerns for astronauts who accidentally inhale them.
With that, NASA has opened up the said competition to different college-level students. They are eyeing to provide up to $180,000 worth of funds for each team to present and build from scratch their innovative lunar dust solutions to the authorities.
They are looking to give between five and ten teams to provide the said fund.
Are you interested in this? To qualify, according to NASA, you should be a part of a team of between five and 25 colleges and graduate school students from any accredited U.S.-based colleges and universities. These higher educational institutions should have affiliation with their home state’s Space Grant Consortium or any school. Each team is also highly encouraged to tie up with industry experts.
If your team is eligible for this, the deadline for submission of a notice of intent is by September 25th. Complete details are available on the competition's website, click here to read more.