Help NASA build condos on Mars (sort of)

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Inspired by The Martian? NASA could use your help. The space agency on Wednesday announced it needs help building "deep space habitats that will give astronauts a place to call home during long-duration missions" like a journey to Mars. If you're up for the challenge, NASA is now seeking proposals for prototypes. "NASA's Orion crew spacecraft and Space Launch System are the agency's first major components for establishing a human presence in deep space," the agency wrote in its announcement. "With these transportation systems progressing toward their maiden flight in 2018, NASA now is looking toward investments in deep space habitation — the next major component of human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit." Successful proposals will include plans "for an evolvable approach to long-duration deep space habitation and the development of full-size, ground prototype habitat units no later than 2018," NASA said. Applicants from U.S. companies, universities, and nonprofits can submit their proposals electronically by 5 p.m. ET on June 15. Interested parties will have an opportunity to ask NASA questions about what it's looking for during a meeting at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 25. Read More: Fox News

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