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University Students Mine for Water at NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge

University Students Mine for Water at NASA’s Mars Ice Challenge

For humans to survive on other worlds, they’ll have to harness the resources – like water – that exist there. A recent competition held at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, aimed to find ways of doing just that. Dozens of students from seven U.S. universities traveled to NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, to see if their projects could extract water from simulated Martian subsurface ice.

The RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkages) Mars Ice Challenge was a special three-day competition June 13-15 that focused on technology demonstrations for in-situ – or in place – resource utilization capabilities on Mars to enable long-term human survival. “Mars is really the holy grail in our generation of what we’re looking for,” said Shelley Spears, director of education and outreach at the National Institute of Aerospace, which administers the event.

Read the full story: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/university-students-mine-for-water-at-nasa-s-mars-ice-challenge

Watch footage from the NASA Mars Ice Challenge courtesy of NASA 360: https://www.facebook.com/FollowNASA360/videos/10158799919150285/

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