National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently organized an open contest to give ideas on ‘reducing radiation exposure on deep space missions’ and awarded $12,000 to the winner of the contest. The space agency is back with another challenge, this time $30,000 are at stake for the best design idea that could make journey to Mars safer for the spacecraft’s crew.
The design should protect the crew from high-energy radiations and Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) when exposed and obviously, should be feasible. NASA is working on making things possible for humans to visit an asteroid by 2025 and Mars by 2030s. In order to make the journey to mars safer, it is necessary that the design of the spacecraft should protect its crew for approximately 500 days from harmful radiations like Earth’s atmosphere and magnetic field does.
“We are very impressed with the enthusiasm and sheer number of people from the public, who showed interest in solving this very difficult problem for human space exploration. We look forward to seeing what people will come up with in this next challenge to find optimal configuration for these different protection approaches”, said Steve Radar, deputy manager of NASA – support Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation.
The challenge will be open for the masses from 29th of April to 29th of June, 2015.