Every year NASA runs a competition dubbed the "Great Moonbuggy Race" - and the International Space Education Institute helps ensure students all over the world get a shot at the prize.

Their challenge is to build a human-powered buggy that can carry two students - one male, one female - over a half-mile simulated lunar terrain course, navigating mock craters, rocks, lava ridges, inclines and lunar soil.


 The "Great Moonbuggy Race"

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Rules stipulate that each team be composed of six members, from which the drivers are chosen. The expected end-product is a proof-of-concept engineering test model, rather than a final production one.

An independent association - chaired by Ralf Heckel, founder of the institute - is committed to promoting careers in science, technology and engineering.

Its stand will also display the institute's input to the Mars 500 isolation experiment conducted by the European Space Agency and Russia's Roscosmos.

It also includes a model rocket adorned with Neil Armstrong's name.

Source: Flight Daily News