[Students Grades 9-Higher Education]
The Great Moonbuggy Race gives undergraduate and high school students from around the world an opportunity to apply engineering skills and develop team spirit in an activity that will enhance awareness about human exploration and development of space. Moonbuggies are built from the students' own design, recreating the lunar experience of the Apollo astronauts and looking ahead to further human exploration of the solar system. Two-person crews, one male and one female, assemble their collapsible vehicles, receive a safety inspection and power their vehicles along a simulated lunar terrain obstacle course. Prizes are awarded for originality of design and quickest traversal of the lunar course.
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/Marshall Space Flight Center
Academic Affairs Office
Mail Code HS30
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
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