Washington: NASA has invited university-level engineering students to volunteer in harvesting water on Mars and Moon. This is the great opportunity for the undergraduate and graduate level students, who are looking to design and build hardware that can identify, map, and drill through various subsurface layers and can extract water from an ice block in a simulated off-world testbed.
The main focus of NASA is to harvest as much water as possible from simulated slices of lunar and Martian surfaces. Rest is to critically analyse the differences between operations on Earth vs the Moon and Mars, and describe essential modifications needed for their prototypes.
Douglas Terrier, NASA chief technologist said that learning how to safely and efficiently harvest water is key for sustainable human exploration - not only on the Moon but also on Mars and at other far reaches of our solar system.
How to apply for this project
According to the reports, the interested teams must submit a project plan detailing their proposed concept and operations. The last date to submit the form is November 24, 2020. Total of 10 teams will be selected by officials in December to receive a $10,000 development stipend, to test their systems over the next six months before demonstrating their capabilities in a three-day competition at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.