2017 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

NASA’s 2016 Human Exploration Rover Challenge at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Image Credit: NASA

January 6, 2017 – NASA has opened team registration for the 2017 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. Organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the event will be held March 30 – April 1, 2017, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.

The challenge engages high school, college and university students in hands-on, experiential learning activities, while also testing potential technologies needed for future deep space exploration.

Student teams participating in the rover challenge must design, engineer and test a human-powered rover on a mock course designed to simulate the harsh and demanding terrains future NASA explorers may find on distant planets, moons and asteroids.

Both U.S. and international teams may register to participate. Each school may enter up to two teams. However, for international entries, no more than four teams from each country can be accepted.

Registration for international teams closes January 6, 2017. For U.S. teams, registration closes February 1, 2017.

For more information on the 2017 Human Exploration Rover Challenge and registration, visit:


Teams with questions about this event or registration may email Diedra Williams at MSFC-RoverChallenge2017@mail.nasa.gov.