NASA selects local student as essay contest semi-finalist

Charleston Express
Bella Flanagan of Charleston Middle School is a semi-finalist in the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest sponsored by NASA.

Bella Flanagan, an 8th grader at Charleston Middle School, has been selected as one of 156 semi-finalists in the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest sponsored by NASA. The contest is a collaborative effort between future engineers and NASA’s Artemis Program.

In order to encourage students to think ahead about the human and technological needs of a lunar expedition, the essay asked students to explain who they would want on their crew and why, what types of technology and devices they would they bring along, and which of those they would leave behind for future expeditions.

Each semifinalist will receive an Artemis Prize Pack filled with space-themed prizes, as well as an opportunity to attend a series of virtual Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts, and a signed certificate from the agency. NASA will fly a digital copy of all 14,000 essays around the moon aboard Artemis I.