Posted by BC on April 10th, 2008
What a cool event! A competition was recently held for high school and college students, but it seemed more like fun than anything else. The competition was to design, build and race a “moonbuggy” across the simulated lunar terrain. Teams of two, from around the world, attend the competition in Huntsville, Alabama, USA on April 04 and 05, 2008.
The buggies had to carry mock equipment, and they had to cross the course that was a bit longer than a kilometer. Some buggies held together better than others, but they made it. The winner of the high school category made it through the course in 3 minutes 17 seconds. The college category winner made it in 4 minutes 25 seconds. The high school winner is from Erie, Kansas, USA. (Kansas is a state full of astronomy enthusiasts. Ad Astra Per Aspera is the State Motto.)
For more information and photos of the great time, go to the NASA site.