NASA Invites Media to Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition

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May 6, 2013

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington

Andrea Farmer/Catherine Segar
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla.
321-449-4318/321-449-4273 / 



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Fifty teams of undergraduate and graduate 
students from around the world will demonstrate their lunar excavator 
robots May 20-24 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

Practice sessions for the fourth annual Lunabotics Mining Competition 
will take place May 20-21, followed by the official competition. 
Media representatives are invited to cover the event on Wednesday, 
May 22, from 12-4 p.m. EDT, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor 
Complex. For access to the facility, journalists should contact 
Catherine Segar at 321-449-4273 or Requests for 
interviews with NASA representatives must be submitted to Tracy Young 
at 321-867-2468 or

The teams have designed and built remote controlled or autonomous 
robots that can excavate simulated lunar dirt. During the 
competition, the teams' designs -- known as lunabots -- will go 
head-to-head to determine which machine can collect and move the most 
simulated lunar dirt within a specific amount of time.

The competition is a NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission 
Directorate project designed to engage and retain students in 
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields by 
expanding opportunities for student research and design. The project 
provides a competitive environment to foster innovative ideas and 
solutions that could potentially be applied to future NASA missions.

Although the competition is for college students, the event offers 
many opportunities for students of all ages. NASA is hosting a 
college recruitment fair for high school sophomores, juniors and 
seniors showcasing STEM education opportunities available at top 
colleges and universities across the nation.

For more information on Lunabotics 2013, associated activities and 
social media links to participate virtually, visit:

Video highlights of the practice and competition will air on the NASA 
Television Video File. For downlink information, schedules and links 
to streaming video, visit: 

For information about the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, visit: 


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