Penn State undergraduates win innovation award for lunar technology

January 29, 2024

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. A team of undergraduate students in Penn State’s Student Space Programs Laboratory won the 2023 Innovation Award at NASA’s annual Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. The 2023 challenge was titled Lunar Forge: Producing Metal Products on the Moon. Penn State was one of seven university teams selected by NASA to develop their proposal, which was a microwave system to smelt metal on the moon. More information on the team’s winning entry can be found on the BIG Idea Challenge’s website.


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