This annual contest, co-operated by NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose State University, and the National Space Society (NSS) is for all students up to 12th grade (18 years old) from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to five, and large teams of six or more are judged separately.
Students develop space settlement designs and related materials. These are sent to NASA Ames for judgement. Submissions must relate to orbital settlements. Settlements may not be on a planet or moon. Settlements must be permanent homes, not temporary work camps. Submissions may focus on one or a few aspects of space settlement and supporting systems, including mines, activities leading up to settlement (such as space hotels), economic and social issues, etc.
The best submission, regardless of category, wins the grand prize, consisting of the space settlement submission being placed on the NASA Ames World Wide Web site. The National Space Society (NSS) invites all 2018 contest participants to attend the NSS 37th annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Los Angeles, USA May 24-27, 2018. If the Grand Prize winner(s) come(s) to ISDC, they will receive the $3,000 NSS Bruce M. Clark, Jr. Memorial Space Settlement Award.
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