Students compete to design mission sending humans to Mars' moons

03/25/2013 | Space.com

More than 30 graduate and undergraduate students from 21 universities and 11 countries are competing in a challenge to design manned missions to one of Mars' two tiny moons. The Caltech Space Challenge, which runs this week, will be judged by scientists from Caltech, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and various aerospace companies. "The Caltech Space Challenge is our way to continue to support and advance what is bound to be a long process of design, development and innovation leading to human footprints on Martian soil," said Jason Rabinovitch, a Caltech Ph.D. student and one of the team leaders.

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