Moon Work Design Contest Offers NASA Internships to Winners

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WASHINGTON -- Talented engineering students who have ideas on how
future explorers might live on the moon could find themselves working
at NASA as paid interns.

The 2010 NASA Moon Work engineering design challenge seeks to motivate
college students by giving them first-hand experience with the
process of developing new technologies. To participate in the
contest, students will submit their original design for tools or
instruments that can help astronauts live and work on the moon.
Top-ranked students will be offered a chance to intern with a team
from NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program.

The Exploration Technology Development Program develops new
technologies that will enable NASA to conduct future human
exploration missions while reducing mission risk and cost. The
program is maturing near-term technologies to help enable the first
flight of the Orion crew exploration vehicle and developing long-lead
technologies needed for possible lunar exploration missions.

Winning Moon Work contestants also will have a chance to attend field
tests conducted by the Desert Research and Technology Studies
Program, managed by NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The
program conducts annual tests of new technologies in landscapes that
are close analogs of the moon and other harsh space environments.

Students should submit a notice of intent to enter the contest by Dec.
15. Final entries for the Moon Work challenge are due May 15, 2010.
All entries must be from students at U.S. colleges or universities.
Although non-citizens may be part of a team, only U.S. citizens may
win NASA internships or travel awards.

For complete details and to enter the contest, visit:


Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va., manages the
student contest for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
and NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

Through this and NASA's other college and university programs, the
agency is developing student skills in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics -- disciplines critical to achieving the
agency's space exploration missions.

For more information about NASA's education programs, visit:


Source: NASA

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