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Tell NASA how you would sustainably colonize Mars and you could win $15,000July 6th, 2015

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Got a cool idea for making Mars the next habitable planet for humans? If so, NASA wants to hear it—and they’re willing to award a total of $15,000 in cash prizes to the top three winners. The NASA challenge only requires a written submission that describes at least one Mars surface system or operation needed to achieve a sustainable—and ideally self-sufficient—living environment for people. One to three winners will be selected and awarded at least $5,000 from a total prize pool of $15,000. Winners will grant NASA a non-exclusive license (not the exclusive intellectual property rights) to practice the solutions. Registration is free. The deadline for submissions is July 6, 2015.

July 6th, 2015

July 6th, 2015



Awards will be paid out to the top submissions that meet or exceed the criteria below. Awards will be paid out in increments of $5,000 (minimum) up to a potential total award pool of $15,000. The awards are not guaranteed, however; the Seeker expects to pay out 1-3 awards in total assuming the submissions meet the criteria.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights to the Seeker. Instead, they will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.


his is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written submission. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the submission by the Seeker. See website for more details.