City Essay

City Essay

The City Essay is the first place where students share their vision of their future city. They will write a 1,500-word essay describing the unique attributes of their city and their solution to this year's annual challenge: Living on the Moon. Teams are challenged to design a futuristic lunar city and provide examples of how the city uses two Moon resources to keep its residents safe and healthy.

City Essay Requirements

  • The team’s future lunar city is set at least 100 years in the future. It has already gone through many years of development. It started as a collection of lunar landers that expanded into an outpost. Gradually it grew into a village and is now a city. The students’ job is to build on this history, describing the complete city that is there.
  • In their essay, students will present their future lunar city, describe its location, share its innovative features, and provide a detailed description of how the city uses two of the Moon’s resources in futuristic ways to keep their residents safe and healthy.
  • The essay cannot exceed 1,500 words and should be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Teams may include a maximum of four graphics.
  • Students must cite at least three sources of information used during the idea development process. MLA style preferred. Download the MLA Reference Template from the Resources section for examples and guidelines.
  • Students should use a variety of sources of information, such as interviews with experts, reference books, periodicals, and websites. NOTE: Wikipedia is not accepted as a source for citations.
  • The essay must be submitted as a Word document via the Online Portal at Check with your regional coordinator for your region's deadline.
  • Don't forget to review the City Essay Rubric before you begin and refer to it while you work!

For more on the City Essay, download the Program Handbook from the Resource section and refer to Appendix: Deliverables City Essay.

Watch the short video below from astronaut Ricky Arnold to get inspired to tackle this year's Living on the Moon challenge!

City Essay Sponsor

Support for the Living on the Moon theme generously provided by a NASA grant through the New Worlds Await You program of the WEX Foundation.