NASA Artemis Student Challenge Opportunity – 2022 Micro-g NExT Challenge Now Available

Conducting science on the Moon and creating a sustainable human presence will require tools that were not available during the Apollo missions.

Call to Action for the Artemis Generation!

As NASA prepares for the return to Earth’s Moon, it is calling all undergraduate students who would like to gain hands-on, authentic engineering design experience while also contributing to the upcom­ing Artemis missions! Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) is an opportunity for you to make your contri­bution to NASA’s mission.  Micro-g NExT challenges undergraduate students to design and build prototype mission hardware like space­walk tools. The student designed prototypes are tested in the under­water lunar analog environment of NASA’s 6.2-million-gallon indoor pool – the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, where astronauts train for spacewalks. You will apply classroom knowledge and benefit from the expertise of real NASA engineers. Take the Micro-g NExT challenge and join NASA as we embark on a mission to the Moon and beyond. Letters of intent are due on October 12, 2021 and the proposal deadline is October 28, 2021.

Details can be found on the Micro-g NExT Website.

2022 Micro-g NExT Artemis Focused Challenges

Objective: Design and build hardware that will aid in the execution lunar surface operations

Challenge 1: Lunar Surface EVA Operations – Lunar Sample Size-Location-Calibration Marker 

Challenge 2: Lunar Surface EVA Operations –Lunar Sample Bag and Container Dispensing Device 

 Challenge 3: Lunar Surface EVA Operations – Lunar Reusable Surface Anchoring Device  

Interested? Join an online information session

For tips on how to submit a successful proposal, join the Micro-g NExT Coordinators for an online information session.

  • Info Session 1: September 8, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Info Session 2: September 16, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Info Session 3: September 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Info Session 4: October 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. CDT

Click here to join a session

Micro-g NExT Staff

NASA Office of STEM Engagement
Johnson Space Center