Technology companies team up to teach students what it takes to protect astronauts in deep space

The possibility of human travel to deep space is generating excitement around the world. Lockheed Martin and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology are harnessing that excitement to inspire the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Today’s students will turn that possibility into reality, whether it’s a nine-month voyage to Mars or a twenty-year mission to Neptune’s moon, Triton.

Space travel encompasses more than just the spacecraft and the launch. There are also teams dedicated to keeping astronauts safe and monitoring their well-being – from protecting them from space radiation to making sure they exercise and eat right on the journey.

Lockheed Martin presented the 2016 contribution, a $20,000 grant to the HundsonAlpha Foundation, at an event at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama. Since 2015, more than 5,000 students in the Southeastern United States have completed the game. The 2016 grant will help HudsonAlpha bring Touching Triton to students, educators and parents around the country. “We are grateful to Lockheed Martin for partnering with us to take Touching Triton to the next level,” Dr. Lamb said.

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