For release: 12/04/02
Release #: 02-303
NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race to mark 10th anniversary April 11-12, 2003, in Huntsville, Ala.
High School and college teams from across the nation will come to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. April 11-12, 2003 for NASA's 10th annual Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition is inspired by the NASA team that designed and built the Lunar Roving Vehicle used by astronauts on the moon.
What: It’s the hottest space-related race on Earth! NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race will celebrate its10th year at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., one of the state’s largest tourist attractions.
Visitors to the Center April 11-12, 2003, will see high school and college students race human-powered “moonbuggies” over a half-mile of simulated lunar terrain. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville sponsors the educational program and competition. It was inspired by the NASA team that designed and built the Lunar Roving Vehicle used by Apollo astronauts on the Moon. Students face real-life design, engineering and building challenges in getting their buggies ready to race.
Who: High school students race Friday, April 11, and college students race Saturday, April 12. Sixty teams from 20 states and Puerto Rico competed in 2002. Prizes are awarded not only for the fastest vehicles, but also to the teams with the best technical solution for the engineering problems involved in navigating a simulated lunar surface.
More information about the competition is available on the Marshall Center’s Great Moonbuggy Race Web site at:
When: Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, 2003
Where: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Ala.
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