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18TH ANNUAL GREAT MOONBUGGY RACE
04.01.11
 
The 18th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race begins April 1 - 2, 2011 in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.   To participate, students designed and built a vehicle that would address engineering problems similar those faced by the original Moonbuggy team. During the competition, each human-powered Moonbuggy traverses a half-mile simulated lunar terrain course including "craters", rocks, "lava" ridges, inclines and "lunar" soil. The top three winning teams in each division (one high school division and one college division) will be those with the shortest total times in assembling their moonbuggies and traveling the terrain course.

The event is sponsored by NASA’S Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Cliff Warren, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, Moonbuggy Team                                                
Center Contact:  Angela Storey, 256-544-0632
HQ  Contact: Ann Marie Trotta, 202-358-1601

For more info: www.nasa.gov/msfc

Cliff Warren, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, Moonbuggy Team

Cut 1 (00:14) -- “The big problem we had last year is that we blew a tire and we kinda attribute that to our steering and some of the drive train.  So we decided to focus on those two systems this year and really refine those.”
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Cliff Warren, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, Moonbuggy Team

Cut 2 (00:19) – “We learned so much last year, because we came in not understanding what the course looked like, not understanding how hard the obstacles were, and so, once we got a year under our belt, we felt like we really knew our way around the course, so we really designed this year’s buggy to accomplish the tasks and solve the problems we found last year.”
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