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NASA Wants Your Ambitious High-Tech Contest Ideas

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the none-of-us-are-as-dumb-as-all-of-us dept.

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In an effort to create future Centennial Challenges, NASA is asking the general public to come up with (and submit) ambitious contest ideas. For the next six weeks, the Innovative Partnerships Program will be accepting ideas for new contests, with all submissions becoming public domain information. "According to NASA, any idea can be proposed for a prize competition that addresses challenges related to the mission of NASA in aeronautics, exploration, science, or space operations. Crosscutting topics or those that also address related national or global needs are especially valuable. The challenges must require basic and applied research, technology development or prototype demonstrations."

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Teledildonics (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29567537)

I mean, why not?
 
Wow. Captcha: fetish

DANGER! -==MOD[.]PARENT[.]UP==- L@@K! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29567713)

Moderators, I see no reason why the parent was modded down. The idea is both novel and ambitious even if it is a bit perverse. I think that you should reconsider your moderation OR DIE!!! Thank you.

Your official guide to the Jigaboo presidency (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29567579)

Congratulations on your purchase of a brand new nigger! If handled properly, your apeman will give years of valuable, if reluctant, service.

INSTALLING YOUR NIGGER.
You should install your nigger differently according to whether you have purchased the field or house model. Field niggers work best in a serial configuration, i.e. chained together. Chain your nigger to another nigger immediately after unpacking it, and don't even think about taking that chain off, ever. Many niggers start singing as soon as you put a chain on them. This habit can usually be thrashed out of them if nipped in the bud. House niggers work best as standalone units, but should be hobbled or hamstrung to prevent attempts at escape. At this stage, your nigger can also be given a name. Most owners use the same names over and over, since niggers become confused by too much data. Rufus, Rastus, Remus, Toby, Carslisle, Carlton, Hey-You!-Yes-you!, Yeller, Blackstar, and Sambo are all effective names for your new buck nigger. If your nigger is a ho, it should be called Latrelle, L'Tanya, or Jemima. Some owners call their nigger hoes Latrine for a joke. Pearl, Blossom, and Ivory are also righteous names for nigger hoes. These names go straight over your nigger's head, by the way.

CONFIGURING YOUR NIGGER
Owing to a design error, your nigger comes equipped with a tongue and vocal chords. Most niggers can master only a few basic human phrases with this apparatus - "muh dick" being the most popular. However, others make barking, yelping, yapping noises and appear to be in some pain, so you should probably call a vet and have him remove your nigger's tongue. Once de-tongued your nigger will be a lot happier - at least, you won't hear it complaining anywhere near as much. Niggers have nothing interesting to say, anyway. Many owners also castrate their niggers for health reasons (yours, mine, and that of women, not the nigger's). This is strongly recommended, and frankly, it's a mystery why this is not done on the boat

HOUSING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger can be accommodated in cages with stout iron bars. Make sure, however, that the bars are wide enough to push pieces of nigger food through. The rule of thumb is, four niggers per square yard of cage. So a fifteen foot by thirty foot nigger cage can accommodate two hundred niggers. You can site a nigger cage anywhere, even on soft ground. Don't worry about your nigger fashioning makeshift shovels out of odd pieces of wood and digging an escape tunnel under the bars of the cage. Niggers never invented the shovel before and they're not about to now. In any case, your nigger is certainly too lazy to attempt escape. As long as the free food holds out, your nigger is living better than it did in Africa, so it will stay put. Buck niggers and hoe niggers can be safely accommodated in the same cage, as bucks never attempt sex with black hoes.

FEEDING YOUR NIGGER.
Your Nigger likes fried chicken, corn bread, and watermelon. You should therefore give it none of these things because its lazy ass almost certainly doesn't deserve it. Instead, feed it on porridge with salt, and creek water. Your nigger will supplement its diet with whatever it finds in the fields, other niggers, etc. Experienced nigger owners sometimes push watermelon slices through the bars of the nigger cage at the end of the day as a treat, but only if all niggers have worked well and nothing has been stolen that day. Mike of the Old Ranch Plantation reports that this last one is a killer, since all niggers steal something almost every single day of their lives. He reports he doesn't have to spend much on free watermelon for his niggers as a result. You should never allow your nigger meal breaks while at work, since if it stops work for more than ten minutes it will need to be retrained. You would be surprised how long it takes to teach a nigger to pick cotton. You really would. Coffee beans? Don't ask. You have no idea.

MAKING YOUR NIGGER WORK.
Niggers are very, very averse to work of any kind. The nigger's most prominent anatomical feature, after all, its oversized buttocks, which have evolved to make it more comfortable for your nigger to sit around all day doing nothing for its entire life. Niggers are often good runners, too, to enable them to sprint quickly in the opposite direction if they see work heading their way. The solution to this is to *dupe* your nigger into working. After installation, encourage it towards the cotton field with blows of a wooden club, fence post, baseball bat, etc., and then tell it that all that cotton belongs to a white man, who won't be back until tomorrow. Your nigger will then frantically compete with the other field niggers to steal as much of that cotton as it can before the white man returns. At the end of the day, return your nigger to its cage and laugh at its stupidity, then repeat the same trick every day indefinitely. Your nigger comes equipped with the standard nigger IQ of 75 and a memory to match, so it will forget this trick overnight. Niggers can start work at around 5am. You should then return to bed and come back at around 10am. Your niggers can then work through until around 10pm or whenever the light fades.

ENTERTAINING YOUR NIGGER.
Your nigger enjoys play, like most animals, so you should play with it regularly. A happy smiling nigger works best. Games niggers enjoy include: 1) A good thrashing: every few days, take your nigger's pants down, hang it up by its heels, and have some of your other niggers thrash it with a club or whip. Your nigger will signal its intense enjoyment by shrieking and sobbing. 2) Lynch the nigger: niggers are cheap and there are millions more where yours came from. So every now and then, push the boat out a bit and lynch a nigger.

Lynchings are best done with a rope over the branch of a tree, and niggers just love to be lynched. It makes them feel special. Make your other niggers watch. They'll be so grateful, they'll work harder for a day or two (and then you can lynch another one). 3) Nigger dragging: Tie your nigger by one wrist to the tow bar on the back of suitable vehicle, then drive away at approximately 50mph. Your nigger's shrieks of enjoyment will be heard for miles. It will shriek until it falls apart. To prolong the fun for the nigger, do *NOT* drag him by his feet, as his head comes off too soon. This is painless for the nigger, but spoils the fun. Always wear a seatbelt and never exceed the speed limit. 4) Playing on the PNL: a variation on (2), except you can lynch your nigger out in the fields, thus saving work time. Niggers enjoy this game best if the PNL is operated by a man in a tall white hood. 5) Hunt the nigger: a variation of Hunt the Slipper, but played outdoors, with Dobermans. WARNING: do not let your Dobermans bite a nigger, as they are highly toxic.

DISPOSAL OF DEAD NIGGERS.
Niggers die on average at around 40, which some might say is 40 years too late, but there you go. Most people prefer their niggers dead, in fact. When yours dies, report the license number of the car that did the drive-by shooting of your nigger. The police will collect the nigger and dispose of it for you.

COMMON PROBLEMS WITH NIGGERS - MY NIGGER IS VERY AGGRESIVE
Have it put down, for god's sake. Who needs an uppity nigger? What are we, short of niggers or something?

MY NIGGER KEEPS RAPING WHITE WOMEN
They all do this. Shorten your nigger's chain so it can't reach any white women, and arm heavily any white women who might go near it.

WILL MY NIGGER ATTACK ME?
Not unless it outnumbers you 20 to 1, and even then, it's not likely. If niggers successfully overthrew their owners, they'd have to sort out their own food. This is probably why nigger uprisings were nonexistent (until some fool gave them rights).

MY NIGGER BITCHES ABOUT ITS "RIGHTS" AND "RACISM".
Yeah, well, it would. Tell it to shut the fuck up.

MY NIGGER'S HIDE IS A FUNNY COLOR. - WHAT IS THE CORRECT SHADE FOR A NIGGER?
A nigger's skin is actually more or less transparent. That brown color you can see is the shit your nigger is full of. This is why some models of nigger are sold as "The Shitskin".

MY NIGGER ACTS LIKE A NIGGER, BUT IS WHITE.
What you have there is a "wigger". Rough crowd. WOW!

IS THAT LIKE AN ALBINO? ARE THEY RARE?
They're as common as dog shit and about as valuable. In fact, one of them was President between 1992 and 2000. Put your wigger in a cage with a few hundred genuine niggers and you'll soon find it stops acting like a nigger. However, leave it in the cage and let the niggers dispose of it. The best thing for any wigger is a dose of TNB.

MY NIGGER SMELLS REALLY BAD
And you were expecting what?

SHOULD I STORE MY DEAD NIGGER?
When you came in here, did you see a sign that said "Dead nigger storage"? .That's because there ain't no goddamn sign.

Contest contest (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29567591)

So NASA is holding a contest to see who can come up with the best contest?

the recursion is hurting my brain...

read between the lines (2, Insightful)

neonprimetime (528653) | more than 4 years ago | (#29567939)

NASA Wants Your Ambitious High-Tech Contest Ideas

because they don't have enough time or funding to do the research themselves!

Re:Contest contest (1)

samurai54 (1645989) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568063)

Don't get me wrong here. I am not saying I am encouraging this or that i am proud that NASA is doing this, but at least it will bring more attention to our space program than the average American has been giving it in recent years. It's sad, people used to crowd around the TV to watch when a shuttle launched, now they just catch a glimpse on the news when they are flipping channels from tool academy and Hasselhoff on America's got talent.

Re:Contest contest (4, Insightful)

CraftyJack (1031736) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568375)

Don't get me wrong here. I am not saying I am encouraging this or that i am proud that NASA is doing this, but at least it will bring more attention to our space program than the average American has been giving it in recent years. It's sad, people used to crowd around the TV to watch when a shuttle launched, now they just catch a glimpse on the news when they are flipping channels from tool academy and Hasselhoff on America's got talent.

This could (and is) said of every half-baked NASA effort, including the whole "name-node-3" thing. To my mind, asking the general public to come up with ideas for Centennial Challenges means that:
(a) NASA can't come up with a clear picture of what technologies are high priority and could benefit from a Centennial Challenge.
(b) NASA sees the Centennial Challenges as public outreach with no real engineering payoff - so it doesn't matter what the topics are.
(c) both (a) and (b).

Re:Contest contest (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 4 years ago | (#29569047)

There's also (d) This is just a publicity stunt and NASA is going to mostly ignore the submissions anyway.

See: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30217550/ [msn.com]

So go ahead waste your time. I'm not even sure if they will bother reading submissions after the first randomly sampled 1000 or so.

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Re:Contest contest (1)

Fulcrum of Evil (560260) | more than 4 years ago | (#29569299)

the recursion is hurting my brain...

That's not recursion, it's meta! Yay metacontest, all hail the metacontest!

Re:Contest contest (3, Funny)

ioshhdflwuegfh (1067182) | more than 4 years ago | (#29570853)

[So NASA is holding a contest to see who can come up with the best contest?]

the recursion is hurting my brain...

That's not recursion, it's meta! [...]

Exactly.

Now, somebody should propose to them that they should hold a contest to see who can come up with the best contest.

Re:Contest contest (3, Funny)

Bitmanhome (254112) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571217)

They don't list any prizes, so later they're going to need a NASA Prize Challenge Challenge Prize Challenge.

Autonomous Robot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29567611)

I want an autonomous robot which hunts down lying politicians and ass-rapes them. For reference, that includes their conspirators at Fox News and NBC and the like.

Re:Autonomous Robot (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568887)

I want an autonomous robot which hunts down lying politicians and ass-rapes them. For reference, that includes their conspirators at Fox News and NBC and the like.

Would you settle for a semiautomomous killer robot that has angry sex with a midsized car [imdb.com]? Might not be exactly what you want, but it'll be a good start...

Re:Autonomous Robot (1)

Fulcrum of Evil (560260) | more than 4 years ago | (#29570993)

I want an autonomous robot which hunts down lying politicians and ass-rapes them. For reference, that includes their conspirators at Fox News and NBC and the like.

Rapage is really complicated - how about we just give it a rifle?

Give Nasa your ideas (3, Funny)

TechnologyResource (1638031) | more than 4 years ago | (#29567667)

Come on guys, let's get some ideas. This isn't rocket science......oh, maybe it is.

Re:Give Nasa your ideas (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 4 years ago | (#29567963)

Rocket science is over my head. Let's just keep this simple, alright? I think that I could go for the world's record in chin-ups. Send me to the space station!!

Re:Give Nasa your ideas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29569549)

Rocket science is over my head. Let's just keep this simple, alright? I think that I could go for the world's record in chin-ups. Send me to the space station!!

If you do chin-ups on the ISS it couldn't be a world's record because you would no longer be on the world.

Ideas (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29567689)

Anus stretching [goatse.fr] contest.

High tech version: see how much Apple hardware you can shove up your ass.

Re:Ideas [goatse?] (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571929)

Dude, if you somehow manage to work goatse into a prize, you deserve the Troll of the Century award.

Yo dawg... (4, Funny)

AdmiralXyz (1378985) | more than 4 years ago | (#29567849)

I heard you like contests, so I made a contest for your contest, so you can design the future while you design the future. Thanks, NASA.

MEME Yo dawg... (2, Interesting)

Kozz (7764) | more than 4 years ago | (#29569459)

It's certainly not the first time I've seen this meme, but can someone tell me where it originates? Is it yet another product of 4chan?

Nasa can't afford the programs it has now. (1)

Banichi (1255242) | more than 4 years ago | (#29567863)

WTF are they soliciting ideas for? If you have an idea that improves space travel, form a company and promote it. The returns will likely be better too, as you will own your ideas and can sell/lease them to foreign investors as well.

Re:Nasa can't afford the programs it has now. (3, Insightful)

MickLinux (579158) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568029)

I agree that Nasa can't afford what it has now. That said, NASA may be better off spending its money on contests.

But this is an opportunity for any teams of graduate researchers who *want* to take their research into the market.

All they have to do is:

1. Design a contest that they are likely to win.
2. Submit contest (or have a friend submit the contest, to avoid the apparant conflict of interest).
3. Wait for similar contest to come out
4. Enter similar contest and publicize heavily.
5. Encourage donations
6. Win, or come close
7. Sell product under heavy publication
8. Profit!

Whether you win or not determines the initial profitability -- but not the long term profitability.
The free publicity of being on the news helps determine long-term profitability.

Re:Nasa can't afford the programs it has now. (1)

Banichi (1255242) | more than 4 years ago | (#29570099)

I hope NASA does continue spending money on contests. Anything that reduces it's utility as a spacegoing agency is to be supported. When people realize it does very little (due to Congress repeatedly cutting it off at the kneecaps, financially speaking), it can be dissolved and it's assets sold to private corporations.

It is sometimes better to scrap a bad system (NASA is rife with entrenched bureaucracy and poorly designed [24,300 unique tiles on a shuttle is an exercise in unnecessary complication] machinery.) than to encourage it, even if you get useful benefits from the result. Privatized commercial space travel is, in my opinion, a much better idea.

Active Structures (2, Interesting)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 4 years ago | (#29567871)

I know it's a bit outside of NASA's purview, for the moment at least, but how about a contest to build structures that are held up by kinetic energy. You launch material to the top of your structure, catch it there, and throw it back down; transfering enough energy in the process to hold the structure aloft. This kind of thing could eventually be used to build Launch Loops or Space Fountains and is a pretty big engineering challenge that is probably solvable today with a little effort. And it's no more outlandish than a space elevator (probably less so in fact).

Re:Active Structures (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568165)

I don't know exactly what you had in mind but it seems very science fiction-y to me and would have to account for things like: what if one (or multiple) launches fail for some or another reason and wouldn't you need more and more energy (in an infinite loop - eventually depleting all resources) over time or else the structure comes tumbling down. Space elevators are based on the idea that gravity will sustain the structure (although we need very thin, very strong, very light cable and we can (currently) only pick two)

Re:Active Structures (1)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568409)

You're assuming that each object tossed up will mean energy lost to the system. In reality, you'd want to keep the projectiles at high speed, including during the 'catch and throw back' parts by having them curve around a structure rather than stop and start again. The launch loop idea is perhaps easier to understand since it doesn't use discrete projectiles but rather one, very long, flexible belt that is looped at the ends.

Have a read if I'm not explaining this very well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Launch_loop [wikipedia.org]

The advantages over a space elevator are much faster launches, easier to lift the cargo (using magnets to borrow energy from your projectile/belt as compared to beaming power up with a laser), much higher launch capacity, and the ability to build them anywhere on the planet (as opposed to only the equator for a space elevator).

Re:Active Structures (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#29570137)

As far as I can tell, the launch loop pictured will not work. They've got the loop arching up, over and down, then it circles around and comes back over the same up-over-down path. Once back on the ground it circles around and completes the path. That means in the launch arch the loop is travelling both ways. Any attempt to induce a lift field will be matched by a field that pulls you back to the ground. In order for the launch loop to work, the forward and return portions of the loop need to be separated.

Of course, my knowledge of the physics may be off.

Re:Active Structures (2, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568341)

That would be a great idea if it weren't for the laws of thermodynamics.

Re:Active Structures (3, Interesting)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568553)

Care to explain? The system would certainly take energy, a significant amount of it in fact. But that energy could be produced on the ground as opposed to having to take it with you as is done in rocket launches. Put your moving pieces inside of an evacuated tube and fire/turn the projectiles using magnets there will be very little energy lost to friction. The current estimates for the power requirements of a launch loop are a 500 Mw power plant for 35 launches per day and can be scaled up to 80 launches per hour with sufficient power (17 Gw).

Re:Active Structures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29569741)

The abbreviation for Watt is generally capitalized (MW, GW), the same way Tesla (T) or Farad (F) is. Just FYI.

Sounds like the lorax trick. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29570251)

Maybe I just don't understand what you've said, but it sure sounds like the Lorax lifting himself up into the air by the seat of his pants.

You throw the ball up: force transfers downwards through your feet and pushes station down. Your buddy catches it up near the ceiling: the force you pushed down is countered by the force captured by your friend pushing up. Net result: zero.

Re:Active Structures (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29570803)

Self Microwaving Burritos (SMBs)

I got it! (1, Insightful)

wesslen (1644543) | more than 4 years ago | (#29567877)

How about we find a useful mission for the billions of dollars in research we have just sitting around NASA? Like a mission that would improve the quality of human life instead of watching m&m's floating in zero g. I'm just sayin...

Re:I got it! (1)

sumdumass (711423) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568575)

What about a project that uses the coolant properties of Freon and freon substitutes to power generators that create electricity and charge batteries or a capacitor.

The idea isn't free energy or anything, it's more or less reclaiming unused energy in cooling devices. Take something like a small powered laser or a charges nickel catalyst and place it in the freon lines with a valve controlling the pressure to be directed at some sort of turbine or generate pump before the freon goes from liquid to gas just to be cooled and re-compressed. The concept is that there should be some recoverable energy availible in the cooling process that can be used to either power fans or charge capacitors that can ease the power draw on electric motors during start up and operation in the system.

If successful, not only could this increase the performance of energy intensive cooling in space craft, it could also lead to more efficient heating/cooling and refrigeration applications on earth.

BTW, I believe the M&Ms floating around in zero gravity is a personal endeavor of the astronauts playing around between missions. It signified the actual lack of gravity as well as provides a useful distraction from an otherwise intense work schedule. I do not think any mission has been adapted solely to fling M&Ms around in space.

Re:I got it! (1)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568773)

You should study history. Humankind doesn't want better quality of life. They've had thousands of years to work at that goal, but choose to wage war, rape, plunder, pillage and kill instead. Now, get off your liberal arse, and help to develop a better bomb.

Re:I got it! (3, Insightful)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571517)

You should study history. Humankind doesn't want better quality of life. They've had thousands of years to work at that goal, but choose to wage war, rape, plunder, pillage and kill instead. Now, get off your liberal arse, and help to develop a better bomb.

I know that some bumper-sticker-thinker will probably mod you insightful, but I thought I'd point out that you're pretty much 100% wrong. Quality of life (and the average life span) has risen with minor fluctuations throughout recorded history, while the amount of "war, rape, plunder, pillage and kill[ing]" per capita has steadily declined. In other words, not only do we live longer and better than we ever have before, but we hurt each other less, too.

Also, I'm fairly sure you're misusing the word "Liberal".

Other than that, you're completely right!

High-Tech Entry Form (1)

shambalagoon (714768) | more than 4 years ago | (#29567899)

The first idea that springs to mind would be for NASA to have a contest to see who could provide a modern online contest idea submission form. Having the "Call For Prize Concepts" and "Entry Form" as linked Word files that need to be edited with your ideas, and then attached to an email with a specific subject line is not very high-tech or open. Word is popular but not everyone has it.

Re:High-Tech Entry Form (1)

oneiros27 (46144) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568695)

The sad thing is, I've actually been on NASA review panels before, and it gets even more meta than that.

Most of us were using spreadsheets to track the scoring of each of the proposals. By the second day of the last review I was on, one of the other reviewers had customized her spreadsheet enough (I think there was some automatic colorizing, some formulas to sort the overall rankings (which were from 'poor' to 'excellent') ... that people brought up the fact that every reviewer does this each time we have a review, and there needed to be some grants given to improve the whole reviewing processing.

I know NSPIRES had an upgrade in the last year or so, but that's a much more formal process for actually proposing to get grants, which would be way too much overhead for what they're trying to do with this contest.

Re:High-Tech Entry Form (1)

Convector (897502) | more than 4 years ago | (#29570327)

With NSPIRES, you can weed out the obvious low-scoring applicants. Only those who can successfully navigate NSPIRES can actually submit grant proposals.

Easy fix (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#29570909)

Obviously they just need to hold a contest to find the best way to judge the contest for a contest idea, but then they'll have to properly judge the contest for judging a contest contest.

Baby steps (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#29567943)

The problem is NASA is trying to accomplish too much too fast. They should go for multi-stage contests, where individual teams can compete for each stage of a larger goal. For example, the first stage contest could be for the first group to successfully land a man on the moon. Ten years later, the second stage contest could be for the first group to successfully retrieve a human, or his remains, from the moon. The third stage could be a contest to see who could send a man outside of the Earth-Moon system. Several years after that, the fourth stage contest could be for someone to actually send a man on a trajectory to hit Mars. Fifth stage could be an economical way to retrieve small bits of spacecraft and human body parts from the surface of Mars. Eventually, around the 15th or 20th stage, we'll have a colony on Mars, from which we could attempt to contact the guy we shot off into deep space in the third stage. Simple, really.

Re:Baby steps (1)

PvtVoid (1252388) | more than 4 years ago | (#29570557)

Several years after that, the fourth stage contest could be for someone to actually send a man on a trajectory to hit Mars. Fifth stage could be an economical way to retrieve small bits of spacecraft and human body parts from the surface of Mars.

This is pretty much what Paul Davies [nytimes.com] and Lawrence Krauss [nytimes.com] have already been arguing for.

I wonder if they're volunteering to go first.

Here's something they really need (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568011)

Design a better toilet and you'll be in the heart of every astronaut who feels the pressure.

Re:Here's something they really need (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571809)

Design a better toilet and you'll be in the heart of every astronaut who feels the pressure.

That idea sucks, in a literal sense.
     

Invention of the Future contest... (1, Funny)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568065)

...First prize: a mountain bike made of diamonds.

I already made an invention for the future, I made that reverse microwave!
I need to put freon in it to make it work. It makes ice so fast and makes beer icy cold and pizza too hot makes it a little colder so you don't burn the roof of your mouth.

Also, as practical inventions go, there's the garbage juicer. How it works is quite incredible. All you do is take garbage out of any old garbage bag, and when the lights go on you're ready to go.
The first tap is kerosene. You can use kerosene to burn your sweet mama's panties off.
The second is root beer. Great for Friday night pizza parties.
Last but not least grapefruit juice.

Re:Invention of the Future contest... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29569607)

wtf???

The Kaye Project (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29568067)

Okay, NASA. I've wanted to know the answer to this for a long time.

First, you have this vessel with the pestle. Now, bear with me. Next to it is this flagon with a dragonâ¦

Two words: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29568077)

Flying car.

Three words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29568085)

FreeBSD Virus Creation

Science Fiction (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568159)

They need to create some of the intresting items from the better science fiction books. Let's create a ringworld, or something intresting like that.

Re:Science Fiction (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571871)

Ringworld? Pffft, give us the @#&%! flying car first. If NASA can pull that off, they'd be showered in funding for all kinds of far out projects.
   

Here's an easy one (3, Insightful)

Gravatron (716477) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568193)

How about a contest to design a modern versions of the cameras used on the Apollo project? By that, I mean a lightweight solution to taking photographs and video on the lunar surface, usable by an astronaut in full gear, with enough battery life and capacity to take a few thousand pictures and or X many hours of video.

Bonus points will be awarded if your solution also includes extra equipment, such as monopods/tripods, high gain antenna, solar recharge kit, is capable of surviving other hostile environments, such as the surface of mars, is capable of using different filters for uv/IR/etc, remote control options, etc.

Re:Here's an easy one (1)

Zordak (123132) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568935)

By that, I mean a lightweight solution to taking photographs and video on the lunar surface, usable by an astronaut in full gear

Don't you mean a lightweight solution to taking photographs and video on a sound stage, usable by an actor in full gear?

Re:Here's an easy one (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571679)

How about a contest to design a modern versions of the cameras used on the Apollo project? By that, I mean a lightweight solution to taking photographs and video on the lunar surface...

And a way to guarantee the results don't get lost Indiana-Jones style.
   

artifical gravity, without using centripetal force (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29568227)

Seriouslly, I needs to happen.

Design a Space Broom (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29568265)

Clean up all the debris that is already up there and you'll lower the difficulty of future challenges.

How about (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29571279)

Those Hefty flex-bags should work

An idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29568269)

How about a contest to go to Mars? You know, that whole thing they should be doing rather than hosting contest contests.

I WIN (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568565)

My contest is to design a contest.
Thus, NASA has already chosen my entry, and I have already won!

Quickly! To the entry submission form!

I have a cunning plan... (1)

KnowledgeKeeper (1026242) | more than 4 years ago | (#29568609)

1) look at some weird hobby project you did
2) describe it's functionality in the form of a contest description :)
3) send the contest description to NASA
4) apply your weird hobby project for the contest
5) profit! :D

New Spacesuits - Mechanical Counterpressure (3, Interesting)

Tekfactory (937086) | more than 4 years ago | (#29569193)

MIT is working on a Mechanical Counterpressure Spacesuit, its called the Biosuit. The materials its made out of are not as advanced as they need to be, but some of the mechanical structures, and the concepts used to design the suits are ready.

http://mvl.mit.edu/EVA/biosuit/index.html [mit.edu]

Basically by being a skin tight suit the wearer is better equipped to handle long hours in a space suit, right now something like 80% of an astronaut's exertions are fighting the suit, with 20% left for actually working on the Space Station or Hubble or something.

In 'the future' we're going to spend a lot more time outside doing things, on orbit, on the moon, on mars and it'd be a lot better off if we didn't have to fight the suit to do the work.

Re:New Spacesuits - Mechanical Counterpressure (1)

Gravatron (716477) | more than 4 years ago | (#29569681)

Speaking of being outside doing things, what about a contest to design tool kits for planetary exploration/science? Something like a Lunar/Mars ready field geology kit? Would have to cram as many high quality tools/instruments into a set size and weight limit.

"if you can't beat'em, join'em" (2, Funny)

SlipperHat (1185737) | more than 4 years ago | (#29569293)

How about a contest to make NASA part of the public eye again? Oh I don't know, "America's Next Top Astronaut".

If anything, it would get people involved again, and the ratings and advertising revenue might supplement NASA's ever declining budget.

(I'm advocating a "if you can't beat'em, join'em" approach. It probably won't work, but as someone who spent only five minutes thinking about it, I really don't know)

Good Luck (You will need it - yes you NASA)

Re:"if you can't beat'em, join'em" (1)

IrquiM (471313) | more than 4 years ago | (#29569597)

That was done in Norway a couple of years ago (7-8?). And Malaysia I think, and... oh, guess the idea probably came from the US ;)

Dear NASA (3, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#29569585)

Dear NASA,

Here's a contest for you: The Find A Proper Administrator Contest.

O'Keefe and Griffin really did a number on NASA. We've known for a while that the shuttles needed replacing, yet here we are, limping them along with no replacement* in sight. We'll have at least a five year gap in manned space flight capabilities due in part to the shortsightedness of these men, not to mention a space station that is not even complete, yet is shortly due for decommission.

*I hear some of you saying "What about Ares?". Are you talking about the Ares that is going to lift our astronauts into an orbit with a negative perigee? Are you talking about the Ares that cannot lift the Orion module unless they strip out the airbags, toilets, land landing equipment, and a third of the astronauts? Are you talking about the Ares that is going to put the astronauts through the roughest launch environment (thrust oscillation, max-Q, G-forces, acoustics) that manned space flight has ever seen? That Ares?

Or are you talking about the Ares that can't be built in existing factories because it is too big around? Are you talking about the Ares that needs a specially re-inforced launch pad, with thicker concrete driveways, and a new, stronger crawler because it is so heavy the current infrastructure is unable to handle the weight? Are you talking about the Ares that won't be ready to fly until at least 2020? That Ares?

Re:Dear NASA (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571757)

Find A Proper Administrator Contest...gap...due in part to the shortsightedness of these men...

To be fair, their funding and political mandates change more frequently than most geeks' underwear.
   

Funding contest (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29569907)

Whoever lobbies the U.S. Congress to fully fund NASA wins $1 billion.

About that missile defence... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29570295)

So I just submitted my proposal for a contest for constructing a spherical mega structure in space orbiting earth, kind of like the moon. Only to be used as a missile shield, utilizing a ginormous laser beam (which can also be redirected to blast pretty much any other extra terrestrial threats to smithereens).. I took the liberty of putting down USA, Russia and China under 'organizations with a potential interest'.
I think this project would address pretty much all areas of challenge.

Let's see how it pans out.

Check. (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 4 years ago | (#29571119)

And I am submitting a proposal for a space fighter with an aft-wing variable geometry biplane design, fitted with photon torpedoes to be manned by a space samurai and a funny bleeping robot. Your move.

I have, um, an idea... (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#29570625)

Might I suggest research into the development of space-capable Carcharhiniformes. They should be adapted to accept cranial implantation of devices that employ light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.

Just a thought.

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