NASA Science Live: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge


NASA Science Live is back and we’re LIVE from the Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. Ten teams from across the country have been tasked with one goal: to extract ice beneath a simulated lunar or Martian surface. As we look forward to NASA’s Artemis program to the Moon and even one-day crewed missions to Mars, ideas from challenges like this will be essential in creating technology to access resources like water for humans to survive on other worlds. Join us on Sept 24th at 3:00 p.m. to hear from NASA experts and the teams.

Meet the experts
Alejandro Pensado is an Aerospace Engineer at NASA Langley Research Center. In 2018, Alejandro joined the Space Mission Analysis Branch at NASA Langley, working on in-situ resource utilization, propulsion, and Moon and Mars mission architectures. He says he loves the variety of his work and enjoys collaborating with creative and talented people which makes his job more fun. In his spare time, he loves photography, cooking, and traveling.

Shelley Spears is the National Institute of Aerospace Director of Education and Outreach. As one of the organizers of the competition, Shelley says she loves the magnitude of impact her work has on society and its contribution to American competitiveness. In her spare time she loves boating, golfing, bird hunting with her dogs, traveling, staying fit, as well as cooking and entertaining with family and friends.

Christopher Jones is a Senior Aerospace Engineer at NASA Langley Research Center. Ever since he was a young boy, Christopher always dreamt of working for NASA. Soon his opportunity came as he joined the Space Mission Analysis Branch at NASA Langley. He says he loves working on the diverse mix of projects that all support improving life on Earth through space. Outside of work, he spends his time playing racquetball, cooking, playing board games, and writing.

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