NASA is in search of college students from accredited faculties and universities throughout america to unravel a mud cloud downside throughout the moon touchdown, with a $10,000 grand prize up for grabs.
“The moon is roofed in a coarse-grained, rocky materials referred to as regolith, which may be lifted from the floor throughout touchdown and ascent. Understanding and lowering these results are key challenges […] for secure entry to the lunar floor,” stated lead researcher Ashley Korzun of NASA’s Langley Analysis Heart in Hampton, Virginia, in a press release launched final week.
Not solely would this mud create a tougher touchdown setting, however it might additionally harm any infrastructure the US area company plans to construct on the lunar floor, she continued.
NASA has requested college students at accredited faculties and universities throughout america to seek out options to handle or stop mud clouds from touchdown on an “unprepared” floor like that of the moon, it stated in its press launch.
The US Federal Area Company will choose 12 groups to compete within the first Human Lander Problem in June 2024 in Huntsville, Alabama.
Every staff is paid $7,000 to create a technical doc and design mockups or prototypes to be offered to a panel of specialists.
The successful staff will take residence $10,000, whereas 2nd and third locations might be awarded $5,000 and $3,000 respectively.