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NASA crowdsourcing ideas and offering cold, hard cash to help out with Mars’ challenges

Radiation in area. It’s a giant drawback. Particularly should you’re making an attempt to get astronauts safely to the Pink Planet.

What’s an area company to do? Why make a contest to crowdsource the answer.

NASA has introduced this challenge “Lowering Publicity to Galactic Cosmic Rays [GCR] by means of Lively and Passive Shielding” to do exactly that.

“The GCR current a ubiquitous and omnidirectional radiation supply that yields a persistent publicity charge which might lead to unacceptable most cancers danger for deep area missions lasting 150 days or extra,” states the callout. “This problem solicits options using configurations of passive and/or energetic shielding geared toward lowering publicity to the GCR for such missions.”

If you will get a written proposal submitted by June 29 that helps NASA “maximize radiation safety whereas protecting parasitic mass as little as potential,” you possibly can snag the $29,000 award.

If dealing with the entire radiation drawback isn’t your bag, no worries. NASA introduced one other problem that could be extra enjoyable to work on. Within the “Journey to Mars” Problem, they’re looking for public enter into what ought to go right into a human colony. Ideas can cowl “shelter, meals, water, breathable air, communication, train, social interactions and drugs,” and extra, in accordance to the assertion on their website.

To enter your concept, you will need to select a number of Mars floor methods and current how it may be technically achievable and sustainable. Three awards for these ideas, paying a minimal of $5,000 every, shall be awarded.

You may learn up on all of the NASA challenges out there at InnoCentive, a crowdsourcing website for options NASA posts all its public problem by means of.

Now get to work. Curiosity is getting lonely up there.

YES! I discovered NO3! Biologically-useful nitrogen, that’s. One other signal historic Mars=liveable http://t.co/HNKGuZBD1r pic.twitter.com/bfNJB3jx9w

— Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity) March 24, 2015

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