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Utah State UniversityOn April 7 and 8 at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., 58 high school and college student teams will race across the surface of the moon--or at least a simulated lunar racetrack--at NASA's 13th annual Great Moonbuggy Race. The race, inspired by the Apollo moon landings, will feature a time trial over a half-mile lunar obstacle course that includes craters, rocks, lava ridges, inclines and lunar soil.
A team from Utah State University, which included these two riders, won the 2005 race.
Pittsburg State UniversityEach team consists of six members who are responsible for designing and building their vehicle. Two drivers, one male and one female, are selected from each team.
Team Two of Pittsburg State University, in Kansas, grabbed second place in the 2005 race.
Navigating the half-mile race course is simple: Start at the Space Shuttle, take a right at the Saturn V rocket, circle the craters and return to the Shuttle.