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college winnersThe moonbuggy team from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., takes first place at NASA's 13th annual Great Moonbuggy Race at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., on Saturday. 34 college and high school teams from across the United States competed over simulated lunar terrain in a race inspired by lunar rovers on the final three Apollo missions.
Student teams faced the same challenges confronting NASA engineers--to build compact, light and durable vehicles that had to be assembled on the go. Pittsburg State's team won a trophy, a trip to a space shuttle launch and a cash prize.
high school winnersHigh-school winners from Huntsville Center for Technology of Huntsville, Ala., turn the corner on two wheels.
NASA hopes the race will inspire participants to pursue careers in math, science and engineering. It also hopes to keep the dream of human space exploration alive.
The team from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind., used the back-to-back method of racing across a lunar-like obstacle course on its way to second-place in the college division.