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

03.29.12
 
MEDIA ADVISORY : M12-030
 
 
Students in Your Area Set to Compete in NASA Great Moonbuggy Race April 13-14; Now Available for Pre-Race Interviews
 
 
What: More than 90 student teams are tightening bolts, welding struts and preparing to race lightweight, human-powered vehicles of their own design during the 19th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. Set for April 13-14 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., the race will include teams in 29 major media markets. Team representatives are available for interviews about their hard work and preparation for the event.

Approximately 500 high school, college and university students, representing 20 states and Puerto Rico, Canada, Germany, India, Italy, Russia and the United Arab Emirates, are expected to participate in this year's race, navigating their innovative, two-person buggies around a half-mile-long course that simulates the craggy surface of the moon. NASA will stream the entire two-day event, including the closing awards ceremony, live via UStream:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc


Follow the event live on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/moonbuggyrace) April 13-14. NASA will "Tweet" updates throughout the race, including preliminary course times for each team and all award winners.

The NASA Great Moonbuggy Race began in 1994, inspired by the original lunar rovers developed for the Apollo moon missions in the 1970s. The race is organized by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, and is intended to inspire and engage new generations of engineers and explorers.

Who: A complete list of participating teams is available. For contact information, or to learn more about the race, contact Angela Storey, Rick Smith or Megan Davidson at the Marshall Center at (256) 544-0034.

When: Teams arrive in Huntsville April 12 for registration and the opening ceremony. They race April 13-14 from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT. The weekend concludes with an awards ceremony at 5 p.m. CDT April 14.

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

http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov


For more information about NASA education programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education
 

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