There are many space issues that FIRST LEGO League teams could investigate for the upcoming challenge season.
However, there is one controversial paramount concern and that is the astroid that is coming close to earth's atmosphere, astrophysicist such as Neil deGrasse Tyson (American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City) predicts,
“On Friday the 13th of April 2029, an asteroid large enough to fill the Rose Bowl as though it were an egg cup, will fly so close to Earth, that it will dip below the altitude of our communication satellites... it's named Apophis, after the Egyptian god of darkness and death. If the trajectory of Apophis at close approach passes within a narrow range of altitudes called the 'keyhole,' the precise influence of Earth's gravity on its orbit will guarantee that seven years later in 2036, on its next time around, the asteroid will hit Earth directly, slamming in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii...If Apophis misses the keyhole in 2029, then, of course, we have nothing to worry about in 2036."So what is being done? Take a look at what the European Space Agency has be working on about the topic,
Perhaps, an FLL team will come up with a solution...