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Sample Return Robot Challenge (2012) – Eighth graders from Lowell Massachusetts’ Sullivan Middle School get a lesson in robotics from Mark Curry, an independent robot builder who sought to create a rover that can identify, collect and return samples from Mars.

Sample Return Robot Challenge (2016)

Intrepid Systems Team member Mark Curry, right, answers questions from 8th grade Sullivan Middle School (Mass.) students about his robot named "MXR - Mark's Exploration Robot" on Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. Curry's robot team will compete for a $1.5 million NASA prize in the NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge at WPI. Teams have been challenged to build autonomous robots that can identify, collect and return samples. NASA needs autonomous robotic capability for future planetary exploration.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls