What: For the 11th consecutive year, high school and college students will
compete in NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race. In an engineering and creative
challenge, students will race human-powered “moonbuggies” over a half-mile
of simulated lunar terrain at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville,

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville sponsors the
educational program and competition. The annual event was inspired by the
NASA team that designed and built the Lunar Roving Vehicle used by Apollo
astronauts to travel over tough terrain on the Moon. Students face real-life
design, engineering and building challenges in getting their moonbuggies
ready to race.

Who: High school students will race Friday, April 2; the college student
competition will be Saturday, April 3. In 2003, 55 teams from 20 states and
Puerto Rico competed. 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 at:

When: Friday and Saturday, April 2-3, 2004

Where: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Ala.

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