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Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
256-544-0034
Angela.storey@nasa.gov

04.01.09
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M09-024
 
 
NASA’s 16th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race Results Posted on Marshall Center Newsroom Web Site April 4
 
 
What: The winners of NASA’s 16th annual Great Moonbuggy Race, to be held April 3-4 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be posted to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Web site at:

http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news


When: Race winners and photos will be posted after 5 p.m. CDT, April 4 at the conclusion of the competition.
Race times are: Friday, April 3 – First runs for high school and college competitors are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT
Saturday, April 4 – Second competitor runs are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT

Who: Approximately 75 student teams from high school and college students from 20 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, India, Romania and Germany will race their lightweight, two-person buggies against the clock over a half-mile, moon-like surface at the Space & Rocket Center. Bringing together a new generation of explorers -- America's future scientists and engineers -- the twisting, obstacle-laden race course will challenge each team's moonbuggy.

Why: The Great Moonbuggy Race began in 1994, inspired by the original lunar rovers developed for the Apollo moon missions in the 1970s by Marshall Center engineers. This year, more than 475 students designed and built their team's buggies using hands-on math, science and engineering skills to vie for top prizes with the best vehicle assembly and course-completion times.

News media interested in covering the event should contact the Marshall Center Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, April 2.

For more event details, race rules, information on the course and photos from previous competitions, visit:

http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov


Media, students, their families, friends and classmates can follow the Great Moonbuggy Race on Facebook and Twitter. Users can log on to those sites and search under "Moonbuggy" for updates throughout the race.

For more information about NASA and its programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov
 

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