HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Gentlemen, start your moon buggies. Teams are getting ready for the 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge.
Competitors from across the United States and around the world have come to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville to put their skills to the test.
There are 95 registered teams from universities, colleges and high schools in 18 states and Puerto Rico. Student teams have also made the trip from as far away as Germany, India and Russia to compete for bragging rights.
Watch the Rover Challenge: Click here for a link to Marshall Space Flight Center’s USTREAM channel
The idea is for student teams to design, build and race their own human-powered rovers through a nearly one-mile long course featuring 17 obstacles. Teams will be required to maneuver through and around lunar-and-extra-terrestrial-themed terrain on their way to the finish line. Martian-themed obstacles will also be a part of this year’s event as a way to highlight NASA’s mission for deep space exploration.
The races are set to begin today at 7:30 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m. Races will also take place on Saturday, rain or shine.