The Pale Red Dot.

Our mission is to power the future of humanity on Mars.


NASA's BIG Idea Challenge is an annual whitepaper competition in which university students develop breakthrough, innovative, and game-changing designs for futuristic space technologies. This year, our challenge is to design a Martian surface solar array to generate at least 40 kW for human use in the 2030s.

Related Skills

  • Solar/Electrical Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Earth/Planetary Science

  • Physics, Math

  • Chemistry, Materials Science

  • Data Analysis, Operations Research

Mission Director


Leena Chen

Barnard 2020