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Homeschool team vies for place in Lunar Base Aerospace Challenge

The Pegasus Lunar Base Team explains their moon station to their homeschool support group.

Coming soon to a travel agency near you!   An exclusive vacation guaranteed to be out of this world with sight seeing adventures that will leave you breathless and make you feel like you are floating on air.

Pegasus Lunar Base is the dream destination that has been designed by four homeschooled students who believe they have a good chance to place in the Honeywell Aerospace Challenge competition.  The contest is in its 10th year and has grown to over 500 participant teams.  Some of the features of this event include:

  • Students in teams of three to five members who are in 5th-8th grades
  • Sponsors are Honeywell Corporation, Challenger Space Center and ASU West and Arizona Republic
  • Students design a lunar base that will accommodate up to 100 people for two years
  • A model of the station must be completed out of recyclable materials with a budget of $50
  • All aspects of the project must be taken into account–food, water, waste, oxygen, sustainability etc.
  • Judging is done by experts from Honeywell

The homeschoolers engineering the Pegasus Lunar Base are Phoenix residents Mary Pardhe, Joshua Grasso, Blake Stokes and Gabe Morris under the direction of advisor, Cari Morris.  The students have spent many hours researching conditions for sustaining life on the moon, imagining how their enterprise would function, and designing their model.  They decided to establish a private corporation instead of using a government-run operation, and the funding will come from mining Helium 3 and tourism.

Yesterday, the team unveiled their model and described the project to their north Phoenix homeschool support group, Teaching Generations in Faith (TGIF).  The other group members found out how water and food needs would be met, how waste would be handled, and most importantly, how one could become a tourist to the moon station.

Expeditions would begin on earth with the participants being shuttled to an orbiting space station.  From there, they would be transported in three days to a station orbiting the moon.  Another shuttle would collect the tourists and land them at Pegasus.  They would be housed in quarters separate from the Pegasus crew, but would have access to the all the recreational facilities available. 

For two weeks, travelers would be able to view the production and mining industries, take day trips to various landmarks, and find out greater detail about life on the moon.  They would be returned to earth via the shuttles and rockets after being gone about three weeks total.

What is the cost for this one-of-a-kind vacation? 

Read more to see the cost and a slide show of the Pegasus Team.

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