RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge

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A Huge Congratulations to Our Winning Mars Ice Challenge Team!

West Virginia Winners


West Virginia University – Mountaineer Ice Drilling Automated System (MIDAS)

Advisors: Powsiri Klinkhachorn & Iklin Bilgesu

Find the story about the Mars Ice Challenge at nasa.gov | View Pictures from the Challenge on our Flickr page

NASA is celebrating Langley's 100th Anniversary with a
RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Drilling Challenge!

The RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge is a special edition competition that will be held in conjunction with 100th Anniversary celebration activities at NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC) in 2017. RASC-AL has served as an integral part of LaRC’s talent pipeline as well as an idea mine for many LaRC projects over the span of several decades. As a part of the centennial celebration activities at LaRC, NASA will highlight RASC-AL achievements by hosting a Special Edition Challenge focusing on technology demonstrations for In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) capabilities on Mars, particularly extracting water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. Improving ISRU capabilities will be a focus for NASA over the next few decades, and the RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge offers a unique way for NASA LaRC to recognize RASC-AL’s important place in its history while also linking the competition to its future.