Kansas team triumphs
in college division of NASA's 8th Annual "Great Moonbuggy Race"
from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., rode to victory
today in the college division of NASA's 8th annual 'Great Moonbuggy
Race' in Huntsville, Ala.
Pittsburg State # 2 team bested colleges and universities from 18 states
and Puerto Rico. Besides the first place honor, the team earned a trip
to NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to view a Space Shuttle launch.
University of New Hampshire team from Durham, N.H., finished second,
while the team from the College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., placed
third. Those teams received plaques, and all three winning teams received
jackets bearing the Great Moonbuggy Race logo. The award for best moonbuggy
design went to University of New Hampshire. A special "pits award" for
ingenuity and persistence went to the team from Cornell University of
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 NASA moonbuggy team.
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.
event is sponsored by the Marshall Center, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center,
the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Alabama
Aerospace Development Board.
colleges also included University of Alabama at Birmingham; University
of South Alabama in Mobile; University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa; Arizona
State University in Tempe; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona
Beach, Fla., Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Ga.; Southern
Illinois University in Carbondale; Purdue University in Indianapolis;
University of New Orleans in New Orleans; North Dakota State University
in Fargo; Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.; Cameron
University in Lawton, Okla.; University of Puerto Rico in Humacao; South
Carolina State University in Orangeburg; Tennessee Technological University
in Cookeville; University of Tennessee in Knoxville; and Christian Brothers
University in Memphis.
the high school division race Friday, featuring more than a dozen teams,
the team from Graff Career Center in Springfield, Mo., captured first
place honors. Team # 1 from New Orleans Area high schools in New Orleans,
La., took second while team no. 1 from Autauga County Technical Center
of Prattville, Ala., finished third. Team # 1 from Lafayette County
high school in HIgginsville, Mo. won the best moonbuggy design award
for the high school competition. The "pits award" for ingenuity
and persistence went to both teams from Autauga County Technical Center.