Student Contest Launches to Aid Private Manned Mission to Mars

A private manned Mars mission may get some help from students on its way to the launch pad in 2018.
A newly announced contest asks students to propose design concepts for the Inspiration Mars mission, a private effort that aims to launch two astronauts on a flyby of the Red Planet in January 2018.
“Inspiration Mars is looking for the most creative ideas from engineers all over the world,” Dennis Tito, executive director of the nonprofit Inspiration Mars Foundation, said in a statement.