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Best of Blue Dot: Artemis Moon Pod Essay Winners!


Dave talks to the three winners, out of 14,000 entrants for the 2021 Future Engineers/NASA Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. Austin Pritts, Taia Saurer, and Amanda Gutierrez were the respective winners for the K-4, 4-8, and 9-12 grade levels for their short essays imagining what it would be like to lead a group of Artemis astronauts or a pod, to the South Polar region of the Moon for a future mission.

That their essays were outstanding is obvious but what is also amazing is that the three of them are wonderful ambassadors for the space program and the future. Bright, engaging, and full of enthusiasm, Dave thoroughly enjoyed the conversation and you will too!


Also appearing at the top of the show is Deanne Bell, the founder, and CEO of the Future Engineers program that created the contests to name the Mars 2020 rover and the Artemis Moon Pod Essay.

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.