Citizen spacecraft builders literally race to the moon in NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge

NASA is in the business of giving small-time scientists and engineers opportunities: its small business grants, open data initiatives and other efforts are meant to empower the high school kid or hobbyist who could be the next Wernher von Braun. But in the Cube Quest Challenge, for the first time ever, NASA is enabling amateur spacecraft builders to participate in a mission to deep space.