Moon launch 2020 Competition
Students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will have the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight through participation in Moon Exploration Design Challenge. Space Mission India invites students around the world to think and act like scientists in order to overcome one of the major hurdles of deep space long-duration exploration — the dangers associated with space radiation. Students taking part in the challenge will discover how to plan and design improved radiation shielding aboard the Moon City Vehicles, in the process of being developed by Space Mission India Labs.We also have other partners to carry astronauts to space, venturing farther than humans have ever gone before.
Through a series of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, engagement activities, students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding and recommend materials that best block radiation and protect astronauts. Students in grades 9-12 will think and act like engineers as they apply what they learn to design shielding to protect a sensor on the Moon crew module from space radiation. After a review of the design solutions submitted by teams in the grades 9-12 challenge, five finalist teams will be selected and matched with a mentor from Space Mission India to test their designs in a virtual simulator. The winning team will build a prototype radiation shield that will be analyzed for flight certification on the inaugural flight of the Moon Exploration Flight Test, or MEFT-1.
The five World finalist teams from the grades 9-12 challenge will be invited to attend the MEFT-1 launch, currently scheduled for November 2020. The names of all students, grades K-12, participating in the MEDC will fly aboard the spacecraft as honorary virtual crew members for Moons first tourism flight. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is June 30, 2018.