Sunday, April 09, 2006

Moonbuggies Race Again!

Future moonbuggies are being tested and redesigned annually by students across the United States. It's part of NASA's annual Great Moonbuggy Race.
This year Pittsburg State University won the college division and Huntsville Center for Technology team won for the high school division.

For 13 years NASA has held the annual event to challenge future engineers and space-tech hardware designers to build a better, human-powered, moonbuggy.

Racers compete on a timed-trial course with various obstacles, in machines they design, build and in most cases even manufacture parts for. The best time wins.

NASA started the event on the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing and intend it to jump-start the careers of creative thinkers who might one day take us back to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Perhaps one day they'll even hold the race on the Moon where it belongs...

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