Union County College Engineering students won an opportunity to test a drilling device they designed for NASA’s Micro-G Next Challenge Artemis program. Students will work with a NASA Engineer with the goal of creating a device to be used on the Artemis mission that plans to send Astronauts and robots to the moon by 2024. 28 teams were selected from a large pool of applicants for the privilege of having their drilling device tested at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab at the Sonny Carter Training Facility located near the Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas. The main feature at the NBL is a large pool where astronauts train for future missions. Students Michael Kirkland, Bruce Aranda, Dmytro Govdon, and Antonio Mena, mentored by Professors Nicholas Gilbert and Jennifer Ebert, will be building a drill to take small core pristine core samples at new locations on the Moon particularly from the South Pole where there is ice present. 

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Union County College Engineering students won an opportunity to test a drilling device they designed for NASA’s Micro-G Next Challenge Artemis program. Students will work with a NASA Engineer with the goal of creating a device to be used on the Artemis mission that plans to send Astronauts and robots to the moon by 2024. 28 teams were selected from a large pool of applicants for the privilege of having their drilling device tested at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab at the Sonny Carter Training Facility located near the Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas. The main feature at the NBL is a large pool where astronauts train for future missions. Students Michael Kirkland, Bruce Aranda, Dmytro Govdon, and Antonio Mena, mentored by Professors Nicholas Gilbert and Jennifer Ebert, will be building a drill to take small core pristine core samples at new locations on the Moon particularly from the South Pole where there is ice present.