Moonbuggy races

The Great Moonbuggy Race is on again at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. You can watch live on Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc or follow @MOONBUGGYRACE on Twitter. Hope they get lots of races finished today, because tomorrow looks like rain.

Hey Aggie, Puerto Rico is well-represented here. This is Teodoro Aguilar Mora Team 1, racing just a few minutes ago. Unofficial time was great – 3 minutes, 20 seconds, so they might win back-to-back titles.
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UPDATE: Well, I picked the winner. Teodoro Aguilar Mora Team 1 won first place in the high school division with an official time of 3:24. Second and third place went to Jupiter High School Team 1 and Team 2, respectively, of Jupiter, Fla. The winner in the college division was University of Puerto Rico-Humacao, second place was the International Space Education Institute, “Team Russia,” Leipzig, Germany, and third place was Middle Tennessee State University Team 1 from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Bevill State Community College Team I from Sumiton, Alabama won the Crash and Burn award for most spectacular vehicle breakdown, which was a sideways flip on the “lava flow” obstacle. The Rookie Awards for fastest course completion by a new race team went to Escuela Superior Rafaelina E. Lebron Flores High School of Puerto Rico and North Dakota State University from Fargo, ND.

It was mentioned on the Ustream video that Puerto Rico has its own round of competition and the winners come here, and the experience shows.

Can’t wait to hear the stories from the pit crew volunteers. One team didn’t have brakes on their vehicle because “it’s a race, and we don’t want to slow down!” Another team admitted they should have been sponsored by Duct Tape. 🙂

1 thought on “Moonbuggy races”

  1. One thing that just came to mind – this was one event that sequestration could have bungled, but management made the right decision. I would have hated to see teams of eager kids from all over the world turned away because someone cancelled all outreach programs.

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