[astronomyed] [Fwd: New From NASA: "Name That Habitat" Contest and "2008-09 Life and Work on the Moon Art and Design" Contest]

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NASA and the Challenger Center Announce Habitat Naming Contest


NASA and the Challenger Center for Space Education have partnered to
engage students in ongoing activities for one of NASA's concepts for
astronaut housing on the moon through a contest to name a habitat in
Antarctica. NASA currently is conducting a test of a lightweight,
durable, inflatable habitat on the cold, harsh landscape of the
National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station.


The Challenger Center is organizing and conducting the "Name That
Habitat" competition for students in grades 6-10. The Challenger Center
will recruit subject matter experts to serve as judges for the contest
and will provide prizes and other items for the winner and
participants. The winning name will be selected later this year and
announced by scientists in Antarctica in January 2009. Student,
teachers and the public will be able to follow the progress of the
inflatable habitat activities throughout the project.


The habitat was funded through NASA's Innovative Partnership Program's
Seed Fund initiative, with in-kind resource contributions by the
National Science Foundation and ILC Dover of Frederica, Del., the
manufacturer of the structure. An inflatable habitat is one of several
concepts being considered for astronaut housing on the moon.


The structure looks somewhat like an inflatable backyard  bounce house 
for children, but it is far more sophisticated. It is insulated, heated
and pressurized, and has power. It offers 384 square feet of living
space and has, at its highest point, an 8-foot ceiling. During the test
period, sensors will allow engineers to monitor the habitat's


The contest helps NASA fulfill its mission to promote an interest in
NASA missions. The contest, for example, asks students to nominate a
name that has not been used in previous NASA missions, spacecraft,
ships, or robotics, which they can only do successfully by conducting
some research.


The Challenger Center is an international, nonprofit educational
organization founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts lost
during the last flight of the space shuttle Challenger. The goal of the
organization is to foster student interest in careers in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics.


The deadline for entries for the contest is Nov. 20, 2008.


For more information about entering the Name That Habitat contest,
visit http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/oct/
HQ_08267_Habitat_Naming_Contest.html . Questions about this contest
should be directed to Sonja Alexander at Sonja.R.Alexander@xxxxxxxxx



2008-09 Life and Work on the Moon Art and Design Contest


NASA invites high school and college students from the arts, including
industrial design, architecture, computer design and the fine arts, to
submit their work on the theme "Life and Work on the Moon." Artists are
encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Such
collaboration is not required but would help to ensure that the art is
valid for the moon s harsh environment.


Entries will be accepted in three categories: two-dimensional,
three-dimensional and digital, including video. Entries will be
evaluated not only on their artistic qualities, but also on whether
they depict a valid scenario.


Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities. International students
are encouraged to participate, but they are not eligible for cash
prizes or student internships.


Entries are due no later than March 15, 2009.


For more information about the contest and to register online, visit
http://artcontest.larc.nasa.gov . Questions about the contest should be
directed to Dr. Elizabeth Ward at Elizabeth.B.Ward@xxxxxxxx .


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