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Special Programs, Competitions, and Contests

NSS Roadmap
This year's contest has two themes: (1) People Living and Working in Space Settlements. (2) Medicine and Medical Manufacturing in Space. All full-time students at any grade level between the ages of 13 and 25 are eligible. The deadline for submissions is March 16, 2017. See contest details.

LEO Art Challenge
NSS’ Enterprise In Space program contest illustrating what you might find in LEO. All full-time students at any grade level between the ages of 13 and 22 are eligible. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2017. See contest details.

Print the Future
Our Print The Future contest will allow you to send your 3D design to the International Space Station, where you will have your space-manufactured item returned to Earth. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2017. See contest details.

Orbital Debris Mitigation
This contest seeks projects/experiments that advance the state of the art of orbital debris mitigation. The deadline for submission of an initial white paper is March 20, 2017. See contest details.

Torus colony Vademecum
NASA Ames Research Center in conjunction with the National Space Society sponsors an annual space settlement design contest for 6-12th grade students. The single highest scoring team or individual attending will receive the NSS Bruce M. Clark, Jr. Memorial Space Settlement Award for $3,000.

Torus colony
This annual contest puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers designing a city in space that will house over 10,000 people. Student engineers demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, environmental knowledge, space, teamwork, and presentation techniques to conquer the problems inherent in siting and designing a Space Settlement (Space Colony).

Baen Contest
The Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest has been co-sponsored by NSS and Baen Books since 2007. Science fiction writers who create positive stories about man's future in space are rewarded with professional publication, NSS membership, and an award presented each year at the ISDC. Winning entries aren't pulp tales about galactic empires or alien abductions, but serious near future stories about the sacrifice, heroics, adventure and discovery with our expansion into the solar system. Please visit the contest website for guidelines, deadlines and requirements.


Galleries of Entries to Concluded Contests:

NSS Roadmap

Space Settlement Calendar

National Space Society
This contest is over but you can see the gallery of submitted designs.

NSS in Second Life
The 11 videos entered in the 2010 NSS in Second Life Machinima Contest are available for viewing. Machinima is a form of computer animation to preserve virtual worlds. Entries were required to have an outer space theme, with 50% of the video taking place in the National Space Society Second Life sim.

See also: NSS Awards

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