For release: 03/30/04
Radio interview release #: 04-083
Attention: News Directors/Weekend Producers
Friday, April 2 & Saturday, April 3
Student teams from your area race for the Moon to compete in NASA's 11 th annual 'Great Moonbuggy Race!'
- The 'Great Moonbuggy Race' is April 2-3 at U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville , Ala.
- Field features teams from 19 states and Puerto Rico , with high school teams racing Friday and the college division competing Saturday.
- Event gives students "real-world" engineering challenges plus hands-on experience in problem solving and teamwork.
- In race-day showdowns, teams fight the clock with two-member, coed crews powering and navigating the vehicles over a half-mile, obstacle-strewn "lunar terrain" course.
- Inspired by NASA's lunar roving vehicle — designed, developed and tested by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville during the 1960s.
- The 2004 race comes on the heels of the President's new goals for the space program to return to the Moon and explore beyond. 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 surface.
- Race participants will be available, and are great interviewees about competition and benefits of the "Moonbuggy experience."
||Student team members from your area
Radio Interview Information:
Lori Johnston (256) 544-3208
Martin Jensen, Media Relations
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Satellite interview advisory
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