Washington: NASA has awarded three teams from India as part of the annual Human Exploration Challenge of the US space agency. UU., Which invites high school and college students to build and test roving vehicles for future missions to the Moon, Mars and more.
The team of the KIET Institution Group in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, won the "Neil Armstrong AIAA Award for Best Design", which recognizes the best designed systems to meet the performance requirements of the Rover Challenge, NASA said in a statement. The Mukesh Patel School of Management and Technology Engineering in Mumbai, Maharashtra, won the "Pit Frank Frank Sexton Memorial Crew Award" for his ingenuity and persistence in solving problems during the race, as well as the "Challenge Award" of system security ".
A team from Lovely Professional University in Phagwara, Punjab, won the "STEM Commitment Award," presented to the team that best informed others about rockets and other space-related issues. Nearly 100 teams participated in the competition, from a record number of countries, including the United States, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Mexico, Morocco and Peru. NASA's Indian-American astronaut and two-time veteran of space flights, Sunita Williams, attended the second day of the event, interacting with the teams and participating in the day's activities.
The International Institute of Space Education in Leipzig, Germany, won first place in the high school division with 91 points; and a team from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, won the division of the university with 101 points. The teams received points for the successful navigation of the obstacles and the completion of the tasks. The competition, organized by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and held at the US Space and Rocket Center. UU., This year marked 25 years since the inaugural event, the statement said.
"We are very proud to congratulate this year's winners and all the teams that competed," said Bob Musgrove, Acting Manager of the STEM Commitment Office at Marshall. "The creativity, skill and ingenuity demonstrated every year in the rover are the traits that paved our way to the Moon in 1969, and those that will continue to take NASA to the Moon again in 2024," Musgrove said. Rover Challenge offers learning opportunities to students who may one day be responsible for planning future space missions, including manned missions to other worlds.
After building their own rovers, the teams attempt to cover a course of almost three quarters of a mile with strenuous obstacles that simulate the terrain found on Mars, as well as other planets, moons and asteroids throughout the solar system. In addition, they have to complete tasks, such as collecting samples and implementing instruments. The teams had a six-minute window to navigate the course, accumulate points and try to complete 14 obstacles.