High School Students to Plan Community on Mars

January 30, 2001

While living at Johnson Space Center the weekend of Feb. 2-4, Houston area high school students will use their imagination and knowledge to design complete details of a human settlement on Mars in the year 2045. About 140 students from Houston and Southeast Texas will participate in the Third Annual JSC Mars Settlement Design Competition, a program designed to introduce students to the technical, communication and teamwork skills they will need when they join industry. Organized into four company teams, the students gain the experience of working as members of an aerospace industry proposal team. They will work against a deadline to design, develop and present a 50-page proposal of their concept of a human community on Mars.