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NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
November 18, 2013

[Students Grades 9-Higher Education]
[Available: Nationally & Internationally]

NASA is introducing a new engineering design challenge that will focus on NASA’s current plans to explore planets, moons, asteroids and comets -- all members of the solar system family. The new NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (formerly NASA Great Moonbuggy Race) will focus on designing, constructing and testing technologies for mobility devices to perform in these different environments, and it will provide valuable experiences to students who may someday be responsible for future mission planning and crewed space missions to other worlds. ​The challenge will be held at the U. S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years. As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Due to this government sequestration and the President's FY 2014 Budget Request, NASA Office of Education is taking a cautious approach to the continuation of long-standing annual NASA events or challenges. At this time, NASA's education leadership cannot guarantee that a specific event or challenge, organized by NASA, will continue in fiscal year 2014.

For specific guidance as it relates to NASA public outreach and engagement activities under sequestration please reference the following Web page:

NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
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NASA Contact
Diedra Williams
NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center
Academic Affairs Office
Mail Code HS30
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
Phone: 256-544-5721
Fax: 256-544-7968
E-mail: Diedra.A.Williams@nasa.gov

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