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Be the Next Astronaut

April 25, 2017

Xploration Station

announces the 3rd annual

#StudentAstronaut video contest

Deadline to Enter:  May 28, 2017

Questions?  Email


FOX’s Xploration Outer Space is hosting its 3rd annual #StudentAstronaut contest and looking for a STEM student passionate about space exploration and science communication. It’s all about Mars! Xploration Station and its partners in this year’s contest are looking to award America’s most passionate aerospace student with the trip of a lifetime. 

This year, the winning student will be flown to Hawaii to live in the HI-SEAS Mars simulation habitat and learn to operate a rover – like a real Martian astronaut. The winner will be featured in a Season 4 episode and go through the experience with Xploration Outer Space’s Emmy-nominated host and MIT engineer, Emily Calandrelli. 

To enter, go to Xploration Station’s Facebook page (, like the page, and upload a submission that meets the following criteria:

Create a video of no more than 3 minutes in length and post it to the Xploration Station Facebook page with the hashtag #StudentAstronaut. The video must answer the following questions: 

  1. Why do you think it is important to explore Mars?
  2. How would this experience help launch your career in the space industry?
  3. Why do you think we should select you as our next Student Astronaut?

To participate, students must be over 18 years old and meet the eligibility requirements found on the Xploration Station Contest Page. The competition will close at 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, May 28th, 2017. The winner will be announced on the Xploration Station Facebook page the following week. For additional information, please visit:

“Mars is the next major frontier for crewed space exploration,” said Emily Calandrelli, host of Xploration Outer Space. “By centering this year’s contest around such an ambitious mission, we hope to really inspire and encourage those young people who will actually make it happen!”

The winner will be flown to Hawaii and stay overnight at the world-renowned HISEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) Mars habitat and experience what daily life will be like for the first inhabitants of the red planet. They’ll also have the opportunity to operate rovers alongside the experts at PISCES (Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems) and the team at University of Hawaii at Hilo. And finally, the winner will cap off the experience by visiting the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, one of the largest and most powerful telescopes in the world. Host Emily Calandrelli will be with the winner every step of the way and the entire experience will be featured in a Season 4 episode of Xploration Outer Space.

“Our Student Astronaut contest is one of my favorite things about this business,” SRP President Steve Rotfeld said, “These kids are so incredibly impressive, it can’t help but make us optimistic about the future.”


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