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Challenge 8:
Spacecraft Safety

Teams of up to four students will design and build a model of a spacecraft that can safely transport two astronauts on a mission to the Moon, Mars, or other destinations in space. A drop test will determine how well the spacecraft will protect the astronauts during landing. During the drop test, the model spacecraft will be deployed, or dropped, from a height of at least 2 m to simulate landing. The astronauts must stay securely in their seats during the drop test. The spacecraft must also have an internal tank for fuel.

Help design NASA’s next generation spacecraft.
Grade Level:
Time Required:
Approximately 12 – 20 Hours

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