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NASA seeks grand designs on the Moon

on Thursday,December 10,2009 21:12

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Since H.G. Wells'' The First Men in the Moon, modern man has envisioned a life among the stars on the lunar surface. A new internship program with NASA seeks to make that dream a reality, as it tasks student designers with conceptualizing possible homes for astronauts visiting the moon.

As part of the 2010 NASA Moon Work engineering design challenge, college students will be given the chance to create the first sustainable living environment ever built in an extra-terrestrial location. The paid internship program offers first-hand experience developing new technologies, techniques and tools for a specialized industry.

Participants are required to submit precursory designs for tools, instruments and materials for consideration in the program.

In addition to a summer spent working with one of NASA''s Exploration Technology Development teams, winning contestants will be able to participate in extensive field testing performed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. The tests are conducted in remote and desolate areas to more accurately recreate the moon''s surface.

Previous design competitions have focused on lunar exploration modules and rover technology.

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