Rescue on the Comet: Mission IV

Rescue on the Comet: Mission IV

The year is 2061.

HALLEY’S COMET has returned to the Solar System, and on it five brave scientists have landed.

But DISASTER has struck! Their ship has malfunctioned and cannot launch. With only four months of supplies, the crew are now stranded on a comet drifting further into space.

It is a race to the rescue! You are in charge of the world’s top SPACE RESCUE ORGANISATION, and you have heard the call for help...


Can you design a rescue mission to save the crew?


How to Enter

1. Choose your team

Enter solo, or in a group of 2 to 4

Open to anyone in Key Stages 2 and 3.

2. Create your entry

Show off your ideas in just four pages of A4 (or less).

Create them however you like - with a computer, or with pen and paper (and then scan it in) - as long as we will be able to see it!

3. Enter before the deadline

To be in with a chance of winning, enter by 5pm on 23rd June 2021.

The entry form will open in May on this page.

Your Challenge

Design a rescue mission to save the crew on Halley’s comet.
Show off your ideas for these three sections:
1. Tell us about your rescue organisation!
Design a space station in Earth orbit to be the headquarters for a rescue team.
    • Choose the team's name and logo
    • Show the main parts of the space station

Tip: Try to include at least two ideas that will help the team react to emergencies. (Here are some suggestions, but feel free to use your own: a control room, vehicle launch areas, or repair bays.)

2. You need specialist vehicles to perform a rescue!
Design a spacecraft to travel to Halley's Comet and rescue the crew.
    • Show the main parts of the spacecraft
    • Include the equipment needed for rescues

Tip: Try to include at least three ideas needed for a rescue mission. (Here are some suggestions, but feel free to use your own: spacesuits, medical bays, or tools for the rescue.)

3. How will you rescue the scientists?
Combine your ideas into a complete rescue mission.
    • Show a storyboard for the main stages of the rescue

Tip: Start when the rescue team first finds out about the disaster, and finish when the crew are brought back.

Key Dates

February to June

Competition open

23rd June

Deadline for entries (5pm)


Winners announced

REGISTRATIONS OPEN This Mission is open until 23rd June 2021.

How are entries judged?

Your entry will be seen by a judging panel with backgrounds in science, engineering and space exploration. They will look at the entries against these three main areas:


Is your entry based on real scientific principles?


Does your entry have new, clever, or interesting ideas?


Is your entry presented clearly?

What makes a winning entry?

The judges have seen and given feedback on a lot of entries in previous competitions. Here are some of their tips for creating an outstanding design.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Your entries should be self-contained in one file within the 4-page limit and anything outside of this (including videos or external links) will not be considered by the judges.

You can change the number of your people in your team, and there is no need to fill out the registration form again. Just let us know the new number of people when submitting your entry.

Do you have a question that's not here? Get in touch at We recieve a lot of emails, so may take a few days to get back to you - thank you for your patience.