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  • A University Student Contest of the

    National Space Society (NSS) Space Health and Medicine Committee

    in Cooperation with

    Mars Academy USA (MAU)

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  • Introduction

    "Keto” is currently a hot topic in the clinical research and social media communities.  We must “strike while the iron is hot” to fold this interest into preparation for long-duration space flight (LDSF).  The spaceflight application of the Diet is NOT being implemented YET at NASA, nor is  the epigenetic research for radioresistance that is being done at Harvard and Johns Hopkins Insilico.   So...Are you ready for the next great adventure?  

    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 “DOES A KETOGENIC DIET SUPPORT LONG DURATION SPACE FLIGHT?”, but we also encourage you to think outside the box and make the incredible journey to the distant planets possible!  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 due to external factors like ionizing radiation that directly damages genetic material.

    The substance of the challenge to you is: if the radiation commonly found in outer space, principally the galactic cosmic radiation (GCR), is only a “phantom menace”,  What do we need to be concerned about and how should we prepare for it? 

    Rationale for the Contest

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      2019 Prizes

       

      • $10,000 total scholarship prize money for all the individuals and teams is applied to the Mars Academy USA (MAU) mission participation fee to join an MAU low-fidelity analog mission
      • Each category first prize winners will be published in Ad Astra magazine
      • Winning entries will be announced at the next National Space Society's (NSS) International Space Development Conference (ISDC)
      • Winners will be assisted to publish and present in academic publications and at other prominent scientific professional conferences

       

      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 (except as noted as a prize). Scholarship prizes must be redeemed within 12 months of the award date. These amounts exclude any mission on-site incidental costs which may be assessed to the winners or absorbed at MAU’s discretion, including the cost of flight suits for the second and third place winners. *There are no cash prizes awarded. Prizes are awarded as scholarships*

       

       

       

      Individual

      Teams of 3-4

      Teams of 5 or more

      First Prize

      1 $1,000 scholarship

      1 ISDC registration

      1 NSS Membership

       

      Publication in Ad Astra magazine

      May present at ISDC

      1 $2,500 scholarship

      1 ISDC registration

      NSS Membership for each team member

      Publication in Ad Astra magazine

      May present at ISDC

      1 $2,500 scholarship

      1 ISDC registration

      NSS Membership for each team member

      Publication in Ad Astra magazine

      May present at ISDC

      Second Prize

      1 $500 scholarship

      1  MAU Flight Suit

      1 ISDC registration

      1 NSS Membership

      $1,000 scholarship for team

      1 ISDC registration

      NSS Membership for each team member

      $1,000 scholarship for team

      1 ISDC registration

      NSS Membership for each team member

      Third Prize

      1 MAU Flight Suit

      1 ISDC registration

      1 NSS Membership

      3 $250 scholarships

      1 MAU SWAG

      1 ISDC registration

      NSS Membership for each team member

      3 $250 scholarships

      1 MAU SWAG

      1 ISDC registration

      NSS Membership for each team member

      • Instructions to Enter the Contest

        DIRECTIONS:

        1.  If you haven't already, go back to the Log-In page and create an account in your name to begin the process of entering the Contest. 

        2.  Download, read, sign, and upload the Entry Requirements and Rules (Step 1 and Step 2).

        3.  Download, read, sign, and upload the Terms and Conditions (Step 3 and Step 4).

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

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