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Who wants to work with USA High School Students on a New International Mars Lander Project?

Get Involved in Mars Society “Red Eagle” Student Contest to Design Mars Lander

Students and from the Barboza Space Center will support other teams that want to try for this new international competition.  Write your letter for possible collaboration and send it to Barboza Space Center (  Attention Bob Barboza.


What do I need to do to get started?

The Mars Society recently announced plans for an international student engineering contest to design a lander capable of delivering a ten metric ton payload safely to the surface of Mars. The competition is open to student teams from around the world. Participants are free to choose any technology to accomplish the proposed mission and need to submit design reports of no more than 50 pages by March 31, 2018.

These contest reports will be evaluated by a panel of judges and will serve as the basis for a down-select to ten finalists who will be invited to present their work in person at the next International Mars Society Convention in September 2018. The first place winning team will receive a trophy and a $10,000 cash prize. Second through fifth place winners will receive trophies and prizes of $5,000, 3,000, $2000, and $1,000 respectively. In honor of the first craft used to deliver astronauts to another world, the contest is being named “Red Eagle.”


The key missing capability required to send human expeditions to Mars is the ability to land large payloads on the Red Planet. The largest capacity demonstrated landing system is that used by Curiosity, which delivered 1 ton. That is not enough to support human expeditions, whose minimal requirement is a ten ton landing capacity. NASA has identified this as a key obstacle to human missions to Mars, but has no program to develop any such lander. SpaceX had a program, called Red Dragon, which might have created a comparable capability, but it was cancelled when NASA showed no interest in using such a system to soft land crews returning to Earth from the ISS or other near-term missions.

In the absence of such a capability, NASA has been reduced to proposing irrelevant projects, such as building a space station in lunar orbit (not needed for either lunar or Mars expeditions), or claim that it is working on the technology for large visionary interplanetary spaceships which will someday sail from lunar orbit to Mars orbit and back, accomplishing nothing.

For full details about the Red Eagle student engineering contest, including team rules, guidelines and requirements, please click here.



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Students from around the world are singing to help Puerto Rico


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The Lights On Puerto Rico Project

We are calling on students, teachers, musicians and music lovers to join us on the making of the theme song “Lights On Puerto Rico”.  This is a not for profit project to help students on  the island of Puerto Rico.   Our goal is to insure that we do not forget about Puerto Rico.  We want to keep Puerto Rico in the conversation.

You can help by singing our theme song and recording it by cell phone and sending it to Kids Talk Radio.  You can sing or play it by yourself or with a group.   We will provide the support, sheet music and permissions by PDF file.

This project will give you and your group an opportunity to help put a smile on a few faces in Puerto Rico.

If you have any other ideas that might help, we setup a special websites where our students are using STEAM++ (science, technology, engineering, visual and performing arts, mathematics, computer languages and foreign languages) to keep the conversation going.

These are tough times in the USA and around the world.  Maybe if we work tougher, we can make this world a better place.  This project is a good first step.

Some of our students and teachers are using ideas from our Occupy Mars project technology to find creative ways to use science, technology and engineering to help Puerto Rico.

We hope you will join us and help to put a smile on a few faces

Bob Barboza, Founder/Director

Barboza Space Center

Kids Talk Radio Science

About the song: “ Light On Puerto Rico”

This song is a collaboration of Bob Barboza and Michael Vlatkovich. It was composed and arranged for the people of Puerto Rico and not for commercial purposes.  You need permission to use this song.  Send your email to  Most  people were recruited to participate in this program.  We are happy to communicate with you.

November 1, 2017.

© 2017, Light On Puerto Rico, All rights reserved.

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Math Teachers Wanted

The teachers at the Barboza Space Center are looking for fun space math projects using calculus.  We are teaching teams of high school students that are training to become Jr. astronauts, scientists and engineers.   Our students have labtop computers and scientific calculators.   Some of our students will be using slide rulers.  Here is a sample of a project on one sheet of paper.

We welcome you email:

Bob Barboza, Founder/Director

Barboza Space Center