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For release: 03/25/04
Satellite release #: 04-079


Attention: Assignment Editor/Producer
Friday, April 2 & Saturday, April 3
3-8 p.m. EST
10 Minute Windows--With B-Roll


Students from your area gear up to go to the 'Moon;'
teams to compete in NASA's 11th Annual 'Great Moonbuggy Race'
  • It's a human-powered "showdown" at NASA's 11 th Annual "Great Moonbuggy Race" April 2-3.
  • High school and college teams from 19 states and Puerto Rico will race like they're on the Moon at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville , Ala.
  • In race-day action, teams fight the clock with two-member, coed crews powering and navigating moonbuggies over a half-mile, obstacle-strewn "lunar terrain" course.
  • Students develop real-world solutions to engineering challenges, inspired by the first lunar roving vehicle — designed, developed and tested by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville .
  • Added inspiration for the race comes from the Vision for Space Exploration announced in January.
  • Students who build and race moonbuggies now could be among those who return humans to the Moon, or whose designs are adapted for future vehicles that explore the lunar or Martian surfaces.
  • Talk with racers from your area — live from the event — about the competition and their "Moonbuggy experience."
Satellite coordinates: GE-2, Transponder 9C,
85 degrees west longitude,
Frequency: 3880 MHz, audio: 6.8 MHz.
Contacts:

Satellite Interview Information:
Jack Robertson (256) 544-1517
or Camille Sevier (256) 544-2188

Story Information:
Martin Jensen, Media Relations
(256) 544-0034

For more information:
Radio interview advisory
Note to editors
News release
Satellite interview advisory
2003 High School Photos
2003 College Photos

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