CHALLENGER CENTER PR — Today the Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center) joins the Coalition for Space Exploration (Coalition) as a Partner level member to educate and inspire a new generation of aerospace workers and space explorers. The announcement was made at the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Orlando.
The NASAPrize Twitter account indicates that another team will be attempting to win the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge:
there will be yet another team in the running for lunar lander challenge – to be announced soon
There are three teams vying for the prize: Armadillo Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, and Unreasonable Rocket. Teams have until the end of October to complete flights.
Armadillo Aerospace has already claimed $350,000 for winning first place in Level One of the competition. An additional $150,000 prize is available for second place at that level. An additional $1 million is available to the winner of Level 2 and $500,000 for the runner up.
The competition, part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges, is focused on developing lunar lander vehicles that can fly between launch and landing pads. The effort is managed by the X PRIZE Foundation.
Challenger Center for Space Science Education announced today that astronauts Barbara Morgan and Richard Garriott and aerospace engineer Karolyn Young were elected to its Board of Directors at its recent annual conference held at the Buehler Challenger & Science Center in Paramus, New Jersey.
Barbara Morgan, a retired NASA astronaut, is the Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise State University, with dual appointment in the colleges of engineering and education. She flew on space shuttle mission STS-118 in 2007 as the first NASA educator astronaut. Morgan was selected as the backup candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space program in 1985, training alongside Christa McAuliffe. She earned a B.A. degree in human biology from Stanford University, and her teaching credentials from College of Notre Dame, Belmont, California.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) honors Challenger Center with their 2009 Foundation Award for Excellence
With more than 31,000 members, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest professional society devoted to the progress of engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. In a critical 2008 AIAA report, “Working Together to Build the Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow”, AIAA noted that “Methods should be sought to support, expand, and “clone” programs like the Challenger Learning Centers, which have used space as the “spark plug” to motivate STEM education interest in over 5 million children.”