NASA has named three students the winners of the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest for their creative visions of a pioneering journey to the Moon. Nearly 14,000 students entered the contest, each competing for the grand prize: a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where they will witness the first launch of the Artemis era.
NASA is turning the page to a new chapter of human space exploration with Artemis missions to land on the Moon. All schools, museums, youth serving organizations, universities and other STEM organizations in the United States and its territories are invited to send a recorded video pledge to the Moon aboard the Artemis I mission. NASA is accepting pledges until June 4 or until storage space is full, whichever happens first.
The Steps Are Easy!
Today’s students are the next generation of explorers, even though they may not realize it yet. Sitting in classrooms today are future astronauts who will one day live in a habitat on Mars, as well as scientists who will develop missions to explore distant planets and deep space, and engineers who will design the space vehicles that will enable these feats and more. Long before students grow up and launch their own careers, their love of exploration often begins in a classroom with a teacher dedicated to capturing their imaginations, igniting their sense of wonder, and helping them see their own abilities.
NASA’s Artemis program is motivating students across the country to consider their own potential as members of the Artemis Generation. With Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon.
NASA is committed to landing American astronauts, including the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon under the Artemis program. Through the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration program, we will use innovative new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before.
The Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft are designed to send humans to deeep space as the backbone for America’s Moon to Mars exploration approach.