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New Jersey School Powers to Top of College Division at NASA's 7th Annual 'Great Moonbuggy Race'
A team from the College of New Jersey in Ewing rode to victory today in the college division of NASA's 7th annual Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville, Ala.
The New Jersey team bested colleges and universities from 17 states and Puerto Rico to earn a trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to view a Space Shuttle launch.
Ozarks Technical Community College from Springfield, Mo., finished second, while the University of California at Santa Barbara placed third. Those teams received plaques, and all three winning teams received fleece jackets bearing the Great Moonbuggy Race logo. The award for best moonbuggy design went to South Dakota State University in Brooking.
The competition is inspired by the actual lunar roving vehicle project, which was successfully accomplished by the Marshall Center in the 1960s and 1970s. The race challenges students to design and build a human-powered vehicle so they will learn how to deal with real-world engineering problems -- similar to those faced by the original Marshall Center moonbuggy team.
During the race, vehicles powered by two team members, one male and one female, race one at a time over a half-mile obstacle course of simulated moonscape terrain.
The event is sponsored by the Marshall Center, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Competing colleges also included Arizona State University in Tempe; Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla.; North Dakota State University in Fargo; Pittsburg State University in Kansas; Purdue University in Indianapolis; Rochester Institute of Technology in New York; South Carolina State University in Orangeburg; Southern Illinois University in Carbondale; Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield; Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville; University of Evansville in Indiana; University of New Hampshire in Durham; University of New Orleans; University of Puerto Rico in Humacao; University of South Alabama in Mobile; University of Tennessee in Knoxville; University of Vermont in Burlington; and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
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