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Pittsburg State University team
First place winner - Pittsburg State University team (NASA)

University of New Hampshire team
Second place winner - University of New Hampshire team (NASA)

College of New Jersey team
Third place winner - College of New Jersey team (NASA)

University of New Hampshire team
Best design winner - University of New Hampshire team (NASA)

The Cornell University team was cited for excellence in pit crew support.
Pit Support winner - The Cornell University team was cited for excellence in pit crew support.(NASA)

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For Release: April 7, 2001

Release: 01-109


Kansas team triumphs in college division of NASA's 8th Annual "Great Moonbuggy Race"

A team 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.

The 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.

The 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 Ithaca, N.Y.

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 NASA moonbuggy team.

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, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Alabama Aerospace Development Board.

Competing 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.

In 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.