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MSU Student Wants NASA To Man A Mission To Saturn Moon

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A Montana State University engineering student is hoping NASA will consider sending a man to the moon, but not Earth's moon.

He wants to go to one of Saturn's 53 known moons.

MSU engineering student Andrew Crawford recently went to Beijing for the International Astronautical Congress.

There, he presented a case calling for a manned mission to Enceldaus, one of Saturn's moons.

He said he believes MSU research proves humans can survive there.

"Montana State University has done a lot of research in Antarctica, which is an environment very similar to Enceladus, Saturn's sixth largest moon," said Crawford.

NASA has already sent unmanned spacecraft to the Saturn region and studied Enceldaus.

NASA found the moon had ice sheets and believe water is underneath that ice.

"They found the chemical composition is kind of a salt nature," said Crawford. "And that is very similar to the salt water oceans we have here on earth."

Crawford said this idea came from internships at NASA and his long time passion.

"My dad used to pull me out of school to watch the space shuttle launches on TV and I've always been hooked on space and exploration," said Crawford.

He says if NASA does decide to send people to Enceldaus he would jump to the front of the line.

"Absolutely! It is going to be cold, I think temperatures get down to -300 degrees Celsius," said Crawford.

That means -508 degrees Fahrenheit.

It would take just over three months to make the trip to Saturn.

NASA hasn't said if they have plans on sending anyone to any of Saturn's moons.

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