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LSH ready for another NASA Rover Challenge

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LIMA – For the 12th year, Lima Senior High School will send a team of students to the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Lima Senior remains the only high school in the state to compete in the contest, formerly called the Great Moonbuggy Race.

Students and advisors Gary Cearns and Donna Tucker will be available to talk to the media at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the welding lab at Lima Senior. This would also be a great time for pictures/video of this year’s rover.

The rover is nearly completed and will be loaded up later Tuesday to prepare for the trip to Huntsville. The competition is April 7 to 9.

The rover challenge focuses on designing, constructing and testing technologies for mobility devices to perform in different environments NASA explores, including moons, planets, asteroids and comets.

The rovers are human-powered and carry two students, one female and one male, over a half-mile obstacle course of simulated extraterrestrial terrain of craters, boulders, ridges, inclines, crevasses and ruts.

As part of the challenge, and before traversing the course, unassembled rovers must be carried by the drivers to the course starting line. The rovers are then assembled, readied for the race and evaluated for safety.

The top three times in each division (one high school and one college university division) will be those having the shortest total times in assembling their rovers and traversing the course. Each team is permitted two runs of the course.