Watch the 18th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race live on UStream — a one-stop shop for video and Twitter updates! The race will be held April 1-2, 2011, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. On April 1, the race and the 40th anniversary celebration of the first use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle on the moon will be streamed on the web starting at 7 a.m. CDT at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc.
The event honors the men and women who designed, tested, built and piloted the original lunar rovers — many of whom are expected to take part in the celebration. On April 2, the awards ceremony also will be available on the NASA UStream channel at 5 p.m. CDT.
The winners of the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race will be posted April 2 to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Newsroom website: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news.
Moonbuggy enthusiasts also can follow the NASA Great Moonbuggy Race on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/moonbuggyrace) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/moonbuggyrace) April 1-2. NASA will “Tweet” updates throughout the race, including total race times for each team and the race winners.
More than 80 high school, college and university student teams from 22 states and Puerto Rico, and international challengers from six countries, including returning teams from Canada, India and Germany and — for the first time — racers from Ethiopia, Pakistan and Russia will battle through a challenging course of moon-like terrain at the Space & Rocket Center.
The NASA Great Moonbuggy Race began in 1994, inspired by the original lunar rovers developed for the Apollo moon missions in the 1970s by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Boeing and General Motors engineers. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first lunar rover rolling across the moon’s surface. The race is one of dozens of educational projects and initiatives led by the Marshall Center each year to attract and engage America’s next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers — those who will carry on the nation’s mission of exploration to uncharted destinations in the solar system.
For more event details, race rules, information on the course and photos from previous competitions, visit http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov