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  • A University Student & Citizen-Scientist Contest of the

    National Space Society (NSS) Space Health and Medicine Committee

    in Cooperation with

    Mars Academy USA (MAU)

    Extended!

     Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak (Covid-19 variety), the Contest submission deadline has been extended to Sunday, 11:59 pm, April 19, 2020.  The on-site NSS ISDC May  28-31, 2020, has been cancelled. We are looking at an on-line event or series of events in its place, including the Awards ceremony.  The cash award and MAU mission assignment will be made  separately from the Awards ceremony.   The MAU  mission for the winner(s) will be assigned for a date in 2021.    Check back here for  frequent updates

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  • Introduction

    Health professionals agree that diet and the composition of diet is a key to a healthy prolonged life.  "Keto” is currently a hot diet topic in the clinical research and social media communities.  We must “strike while the iron is hot” to fold this broad interest in diet into preparing for long-duration space flight (LDSF).  All sorts of diets and variations of diets are being considered. So...Are you ready to figure out what to eat for our next great adventure into outer space?  

    We want you to explore and share your passion about LDSF and the challenges it poses.  Imagine yourself traveling in space for several months or years. What challenges might you encounter and how would you meet those challenges?  The topic of the contest is 'PLAN A DIET TO SUPPORT LONG DURATION SPACE FLIGHT” Do you support the use of a ketogenic diet for a model mission to Mars?  If so, describe the body of evidence to support your conclusion. If not, then propose an alternative diet that addresses the known health issues associated with LDSF.

    Profesor Thomas N. SeyfriedAs a place to start with your evidence search, look at the work of Prof. Thomas N. Seyfried who, contrary to the conventional model of carcinogenesis, has demonstrated that cancer initiates in abnormally functioning mitochondria. The genetic damage commonly found in the nuclei of cancer cells is secondary to the mitochondrial dysfunction, and is not entirely due to external factors like ionizing radiation and reactive toxins that directly damages genetic material.

    The substance of the challenge to you is: Can we protect against the damaging effects of radiation the same way we are learning to protect against the damaging effects of food choices and toxins commonly ingested in daily life on earth? 

    New and Simplified! Rationale and Complete Guidelines for the Contest

    • 2020 Prizes and Schedule

      Updated and Streamlined! Instructions and Important Dates: Note:  The contest is now complete (updated 5/25/20)

      • To indicate your interest to enter the contest, fill out and upload the forms below.  Receive periodic updates and information to help you develop your entry. 
      • April 19, 2020: Submission Deadline.
      • May 17, 2020: Winner(s) announced.
      • June 1, 2020: Cash prize and MAU mission assigned.

      Prizes: NEW!  Because we had such great entries we have decided to award a first place and second place award:

      A $1000 scholarship is being awarded to the winning individual. The scholarship prize will be applied to the mission participation fee to join a Mars Academy USA (MAU) low-fidelity analog mission.  An administrative fee of $350.00 is the responsibility of the participant and must be paid prior to beginning the mission.
      •  A $3,500 cash prize is being awarded to the Individual in addition to the scholarship.  $2000 of the $3,500 prize will be awarded upon presentation of the winning paper at an on-line webinar to be scheduled in the near future in lieu of the ISDC conference this year that has been cancelled.  The balance of $1500 will be awarded after completion of the MAU analog mission).
      • A $1000 cash prize is being awarded to the second-place individual in addition to the scholarship  ($600 will be awarded upon presentation of the winning paper at an on-line webinar to be scheduled in the near future in lieu of the ISDC conference this year that has been cancelled.  The balance of $400 will be awarded after completion of the MAU analog mission).
      • Missions are seven days consisting of two days pre-mission, four days in mission and one day post mission. There are three levels of missions: low fidelity (entry level), mid-fidelity and high fidelity. The awarded mission is a low fidelity mission conducted in the Los Angeles area. Subsequent mid- or high-fidelity  missions require completion of the low fidelity mission. Follow the MAU link for full details.
      • The winner will be published or profiled in Ad Astra magazine, the official publication of the National Space Society.
      • The winning entries will be announced on this website.
      • Winner(s) will be assisted to publish and present in academic or other prominent scientific publications.
      • Other prizes are listed below.

      IMPORTANT:  All scholarship amounts exclude the additional costs for: administration fees, mandatory accommodations and travel costs for Pre-/Post- Analog Mission Training days and cost of purchasing flight suits. Scholarship prizes must be redeemed when the analog mission takes place or when rescheduled for cause.

        

        

      Individual

      Teams (limited to 5 members) There were no team entries this year

      Prize

      1 $1,000 scholarship

      1 cash prize to the first place $3,500

      1 cash prize to the second place of $1000

      1 ISDC registration

      1 NSS Membership

      Award given at time of presentation

      Publication in Ad Astra magazine

      May be invited to present paper at future ISDC

      1 $2,500 scholarship

      1 cash prize $3,500 to be divided evenly among the team

      1 ISDC registration

      Up to 5 NSS Memberships

      Award given at ISDC

      Publication in Ad Astra magazine

      May present paper at ISDC


       


      • Instructions to Enter the Contest

        DIRECTIONS:

        1.  Go back to the top and create an account in your name. This will register you. You must register in order to upload your Contest documents. You will also begin receiving periodic updates and helpful information. 

        2.  Download, read, sign, and upload the Entry Requirements and Rules (Step 1 and Step 2). To upload: when the link comes up, click on it and your file will be uploaded.

        3.  Download, read, sign, and upload the Terms and Conditions (Step 3 and Step 4). To upload: when the link comes up, click on it and your file will be uploaded.

        4.  Enter/Edit/Upload your contest submission (Step 5).

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