NASA Opens Registration For 2016 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

The Greenfield Central High School Rover Team from Greenfield, Indiana, crosses the finish line during the 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge held near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given

The Greenfield Central High School Rover Team from Greenfield, Indiana, crosses the finish line during the 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge held near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given

November 13, 2015 – Registration is open for student teams to participate in the 2016 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The challenge will take place April 7-9, 2016, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, also in Huntsville.

Rover Challenge puts students in the driver’s seat, literally, as high school, college and university teams must design, engineer and test a human-powered rover. Once built, teams will attempt to traverse a mock obstacle course that simulates terrain found on Mars, as well as other planets, moons and asteroids throughout the solar system.

“For a second year, we have Mars-themed, student activities, maintaining alignment with NASA’s deep-space exploration goals and the journey to Mars,” said Diedra Williams, an education specialist in Marshall’s Academic Affairs Office. “For 2016, simulated Martian terrains will be included in course obstacles, as well as an optional ‘Sample Retrieval and Return’ challenge.”

Rover Challenge provides a test-bed for potential technologies NASA can expand upon for future deep-space exploration. Teams are asked to research, develop and apply strategies to overcome a specific challenge. For 2016, teams are required to design and fabricate their own wheels, instead of using off-the-shelf products.

For questions regarding U.S. team registration, please contact Diedra Williams at 256-544-5721 or diedra.a.williams@nasa.gov. Please direct questions involving international teams to Amy McDowell at 256-544-8411 or amy.mcdowell@nasa.gov.

To register for the challenge, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/roverchallenge/registration/index.html

Registration for international teams will close January 11; U.S. team registration closes on February 8.