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'Moon Race' on Earth Will Challenge Students in NASA's Great Moonbuggy Competition April 8-9, 2005, in Huntsville, Ala.
Martin Jensen
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)
Media Advisory: 04-298

WHAT: It's an earthly challenge that could be the first step for high school and college students on a journey to the Moon, Mars and beyond. What they learn in NASA's 12th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race could lead them to be part of the team that makes the Vision for Space Exploration a reality. The Vision calls for Space Shuttles to return to safe flight, completing the International Space Station, and human and robotic exploration of the Solar System.

WHO: High school students will race Friday, April 8; the college student competition will be Saturday, April 9. In 2004, 55 teams from 18 states and Puerto Rico competed. Prizes are awarded not only for the fastest vehicles, but also to the teams with the best technical solution for the engineering problems encountered throughout the competition.

More information about the competition is available at:

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2005

WHERE: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Ala.