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Contest Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020



Target Audience:

U.S. students in grades K-12


Imagine what it would be like to live with a pod of astronauts on the Moon! NASA's Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest challenges students in grades K-12 to do just that.

To participate in the contest, which runs through Dec. 17, students must write an essay in which they imagine leading a one-week expedition on the Moon's South Pole. What types of skills, attributes and/or personality traits would their Moon Pod crew need to have and why? How many would be in the pod? What high-tech gear and gadgets would be needed? Participants will also need to describe one machine, robot, or technology they would leave on the lunar surface to help future astronauts explore the Moon.

Head over to NASA's contest partner, Future Engineers, to see the full contest details and requirements

› Enter the Essay Contest

Every student who submits an essay will receive an official certificate and be invited to a NASA virtual event featuring an astronaut! Semifinalists will be invited to represent their state or territory in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts. Nine finalists will have the opportunity to travel with a parent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center next summer to learn about lunar exploration. The national winner in each grade division will win a family trip to see the first Artemis flight test, watching the most powerful rocket in the world launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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