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The winner was chosen from a group of five finalist teams announced in
The Challenge was developed to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math by inviting them to help tackle one of the most significant dangers of human space flight-radiation exposure.
Speaking at the
'This is a great day for Team ARES- you have done a remarkable job,' said NASA Administrator
The winning team's design received the highest radiation protection score during an online simulation of radiation exposure. They also demonstrated evidence of additional research outside of the material provided, and included additional information about the materials and estimated cost for their experiment.
Team ARES will now work with the
During EFT-1, Orion will fly through the Van Allen Belt, a dense radiation field that surrounds the Earth in a protective shell of electrically charged ions. Understanding and mitigating radiation exposure during Orion's test flight can help scientists develop protective solutions before the first crewed mission. After EFT-1, the students will receive data indicating how well their design protected a dosimeter, an instrument used for measuring radiation exposure.
Students in grades K-12 from around the world can still be part of Orion's first flight by completing a radiation shielding activity that can be found online at www.nasa.gov/education/edc . Students who complete the activity by
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