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NSS NASA Space Settlement Contest 2021 : National Space Society

Organisation : National Space Society NSS
Contest Name : NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest 2021
Applicable For : All students at up to 12th grade from anywhere in the world
Entries Last Date : 15.02.2021
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NSS NASA Space Settlement Contest

This contest has been sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center from 1994-2018, for many of those years in conjunction with the National Space Society (NSS).

Unfortunately the 2020 Conference has been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation, so 2020 and 2021 contestants will be invited to the 2021 Conference.


** This annual contest is for all students at up to 12th grade from anywhere in the world.
** Individuals, small teams of two to five, and large teams of six to twelve are judged separately.

** No more than 12 students on a project.
** Entries are also grouped by age/grade of the oldest contestant for judging. The age groups are 7th and younger, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.

Contest Categories

Contest categories are,
** 7th grade and younger: individual, small group, large group,
** 8th grade: individual, small group, large group,
** 9th grade: individual, small group, large group,
** 10th grade: individual, small group, large group,
** 11th grade: individual, small group, large group,
** 12th grade: individual, small group, large group.

Additional categories based on artistic and literary merit are also included in the contest.

How To Enter?

** The 2021 contest will be conducted digitally. No more paper entries.
** Register, enter your project data, and submit your entry.
** Once you submit, you can resubmit at any time before the contest Last Date.
** There will be a $10 submission fee for each entry.
** Scholarships should be available when this is a hardship.

Entry Form :


** A PDF certificate will be sent to all winners.
** Participant certificates will be distributed in pdf from this web page on the honor system.

** The best submission, regardless of category, wins the grand prize, consisting of the space settlement submission being placed on the contest World Wide Web site.

Contest Rules

** Submissions must relate to free space settlements. Settlements may not be on a planet or moon, although support activities such as mining may be.
** Settlements must be permanent homes, not temporary work camps.

** Submissions may focus on one or a few aspects of space settlement and supporting systems, including mines, activities leading up to settlement, economic and social issues, etc.

** Designs, original research, essays, stories, models, artwork or any other orbital space settlement related materials may be submitted.
** Submissions should not be longer than 50 pages unless it is essential to explain the work.

** The project must consist of 1-10 pdf or jpg files (usually just one). Each may be no larger than 24 MB.
** Submissions will be made electronically.

** The submission must be the student’s own work. Plagiarism is forbidden. No part of an entry may copied with one exception:

You may quote short passages, but only if the material is surrounded in double quotes (“) and the source indicated. For example: “This material copied from somewhere,” My Favorite Space Book.

** Quoted materials should rarely be more than a few lines, and never longer than a few paragraphs. Quoting long passages is forbidden.
** Entries caught plagiarizing, even one part of a large entry, will be disqualified and disposed of.

** Instructors, mentors or parents may assist the student by presenting relevant resources, discussing core concepts and suggesting minor edits, but the work itself must be entirely student produced.

** All decisions by the judges are final.

Last Date

All submissions must be received by February 15, 2021.

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  1. So I have a doubt that what is the topic for the projects in 2021. It means in what base we should do our projects . Pls tell me the topic . Pls…….

  2. Ok I an ready and excited t for this mission . Thanks for the mission

  3. Mam please give someone phone number please please please please 🙏🙏

  4. Mam what we know that art works and essays we should do or u will send any topic

  5. How to submit the form

  6. When are we going to start our dream project.

  7. In what forms we can submit our projects

  8. when can we start filling the NSS NASA Space Settlement Contest 2021 entry form ?

    1. Shubhashree Saha Roy

      What we hv to do actually?? Please let me know.

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