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Next Generation of Scientists And Engineers to Compete This Weekend in NASA’s 13th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

Media Advisory: 06-039

What: High school and college students will race against the clock driving their self-powered moonbuggy on a half-mile, lunar-like surface in NASA's 13th annual Great Moonbuggy Race. Each team must design and build a sturdy, easy-to-assemble moonbuggy to withstand the rough terrain of the course. A two-person, co-ed crew will race for the best time.

Who: Fifty-three high school and college teams from 16 states and Puerto Rico are expected to compete.

Why: The race is inspired by the original lunar rovers that were designed, developed and tested for the Apollo moon missions by engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The event will bring together future scientists who may be the next generation of explorers to reach the moon and realize the Vision for Space Exploration by traveling to Mars and beyond. Students use engineering techniques and learn practical uses of math and physics during many hours spent building their moonbuggies for the race.

When: Friday, April 7 -- High school competition
Saturday, April 8 -- College competition
Races begin at 8 a.m. CDT both days and continue throughout the day

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

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at (256) 544-0034 no later than Thursday, April 6.

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