Asteroids 2025-2100 - Future History

2015 Challenge

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    #outerspace, #futurehistory, #intermediate


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    NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is planned to fly in the mid-2020s. It will be crucial demonstrator of NASA’s new era of hardware which will take astronauts out of Earth’s orbit for the first time since the Apollo Program. ARM will show that it is possible for human ingenuity to ‘rearrange the solar system’ - that is, catch up to a target asteroid and nudge it into an orbit desirable for scientific research, resource extraction or a stepping stone for further exploration. As such, NASA views asteroids as a critical resource for humanity’s expansion beyond low earth orbit (LEO).

    The potential of space-based mining is appealing for far-sighted speculators, who foresee a near future where so called ‘Rare-Earth metals’ crucial for our technological society have become depleted. Once claimed, asteroids might have billion dollar valuations.

    NASA’s primary interest in asteroids, in terms of extraction, will be water -- the most valuable resource in any space-based economy - providing irrigation for food, oxygen, radiation protection and propellant.


    Find creative ways to show the value of asteroids as a destination for exploration that are just as valuable as the Moon and Mars in terms of developing space infrastructure, as they have no gravity well. Your task is to imagine a future history catalyzed by the ARM mission. We’d like for you to develop a digital experience that dramatizes the development of human progress in the solar system using asteroids as a stepping stone to the Moon, Mars and ultimately, the stars.


    The format you choose to bring this to life is up to your creativity to determine. Consider creating an online learning experience, aimed at ages 12 and above, with flexibility for multiple uses -- schools, planetariums, museums, or libraries -- to enhance science syllabus. Your execution could be a group experience, or run standalone on a computer, tablet, smartphone or internet-enabled TV.

    Sample Resources (Participants do not have to use these resources, and NASA in no way endorses any particular entity listed).

  • The following projects are solving this challenge:

    • The Oregon Trajectory

      Relive the historical mass terrestrial exodus of the 21st century and take the first wandering steps into the boundless frontier that we now call home. Recommended for entities human-age-equivalent-rating 12 and up. ![map]( Visit Project

    • Space Invaders

      Asteroids project aims to show people the different benefits of the asteroids in The future in a simple and fun way through playing a game Visit Project

    • How much money flying over my head?

      Widget on smartphone will constanly remind people about value of space explorations. Data obtained from Value approximated from user geolocation and local time. Visit Project

    • mAsteroid3

      Our team believes that lack of support towards asteroid research results from lack of relevant information that are being shared with the audience. This app will enable not only those who purchase it for curiosity purposes to expand their knowledge on the value of asteroids as springboards for fu... Visit Project

    • Study of Mars Trojan asteroids that may be used as unmanned depots

      In order to one day construct and inhabit a Mars station, many thousand tons of support materials will need to be readily at hand, and cost effectively delivered. The technology for Mars insertion is not yet of a sufficient level to complete the delivery in any substantial amount. Until such ti... Visit Project

    • Android Live Wallpaper

      Each time people use smartphone or tablet, they see digital wallpaper. It's a good chance to involve many ordinary people into a space journey with realistic visual effects. Yet another creative way to popularize asteroids as a destination for exploration. As a preliminary, this project implem... Visit Project

    • Spacebound

      Our project is a sort of future documentary, aired in the 2100 hundreds from a BBC daughter channel, BBC PRIME stationed on one of the colonized asteroids. It gives a short history of man's endeavor to conquer gravity, the Moon and eventually the inner solar system. Visit Project

    • Asteroid Hunter

      We are using the Canvas API provided by Android to present the data in well styled maps using chronologically connected entities. The user will be able to navigate these entities to explore the possibilities offered by the technology behind NASA's ARM. The concept of the application is expandable... Visit Project

    • Stepping Stones to Our Future

      Our project focuses on the current problems such as global expansion, shortage of rare materials and the colonization of Mars. The one thing all of these problems have in common is the possible solution by using the asteroids. - The first part of our solution, focuses on asteroids as mining col... Visit Project

    • AsteroidAscent

      Our project establishes an interactive website experience that guides children and educators through captivating information about NASA's ARM mission. We focus on the worth of Asteroids for space missions and Earth needs. We've additionally developed sample curriculum that integrates Virtual Real... Visit Project

    • New Mission Trajectory Changing

      The project which we have made for NASA Space Apps Challange 2015, "Exploring asteroids 2025-2100 future history" Main things: 1) Sending the inital probe to the discovered asteroid 2) Slowling it down 3) Changing it's trajectory 4) Placing it in an orbit 5) Sending the ore back to Earth Visit Project

    • Explore, capture and redirect real asteroids in Kerbal Space Program

      # What? This game mod will add REAL asteroid data into the game Kerbal Space Program and create missions so we can explore them, capture them and perhaps even sling them out into a different orbit. # Why? Learning about asteroids, how big they are, what they look like and what can be done wi... Visit Project


      SMT, SAVE LANDING is an idea that solve partialy, the problem of the "Seven minutes of terror" O.o Yeah, we are trying to develop a kind of probe, like the best friend of the "Mission Mother Ship", which will explore the different depths of the land, looking for the best area where the MMS that i... Visit Project

    • LiftOff Game

      This project aims to educate the world on the various types of asteroids and how it can be helpful to us humans through a game. Visit Project

    • The Value of Asteroids

      It outlines the most practical methods for obtaining an asteroid or bringing it into an earth orbit for mining purposes and the value of the materials found within them. The project was created using the Unity Engine and C# with 3D graphics created using Blender Visit Project


      We are moved outer space by familiarly. Visit Project

    • Prototype of an application called Asteroid Monkeys

      Asteroid Monkeys wants to create an impact on citizen science to let them know the importance of asteroid studies an missions. Additionally we want to teach about characteristics of different asteroids that are near Earth or on the Asteroids Belt. It was made by the prototype of an application t... Visit Project

    • Asteroid Capture

      Player's mission is to maneuver a spacecraft to bring a boulder from an asteroid to the moon. There are many space debris on the route to the moon and the mission is fail when the spacecraft touch the debris so player have to avoid them. Operation: - Push space key to accelerate the spacecr... Visit Project

    • Explore Asteroids

      Our challenge aims to show the importance of the NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) ... This mission is looking forward to capture an asteroid and put it on our Moon's orbit to be able to mine it and use it resources besides being a training and step by place for Mars mission 2030... Our tas... Visit Project

    • Asteropolis

      “Asteropolis” is a game for mobiles that will take place in the year 2040+, your mission consists in taking your robot convoy into an ARM in order to set the basis of your economy in the resources of an asteroid. The way you will accomplish this mission, will depend on young space explorers’ id... Visit Project

    • oregon-trajectory-nyc

      We wanted to create a game for both adults and kids that would be both fun and informative, but also encourage further interest in STEM. The year is 2050 and you are tasked with a mission called Oregon, named after the Oregon Trail of the 1800s, to go to Jupiter’s moon Europa. NASA scientis... Visit Project

    • Stellar Visage

      This project gives educators a way to explore space science with their students and then to allow the students to engage their imagination about future space exploration. There is a collection of descriptions about various bodies in space, as well as examples of "what could happen" in the future.... Visit Project

    • Asteroid Belt Thriller

      To educate the general publc about the reasons for the asteroid redirect mission, and how it works, in an indirect way, through entertainment. Aspects of the asteroid redirect Mission will be revealed as supporting facts in the drama, some will be crucial to solving its central question. A player... Visit Project

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