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    Indian Students to Participate in NASA’s Rover Challenge

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    Four groups of Indian students are among 80 teams that will compete in NASA’s annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

    Almost 80 teams from US, India, Russia, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Colombia and Puerto Rico will compete in NASA's annual Rover Challenge which will be held on April 8-9 at the US Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama.

    These include teams from the Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering in Maharashtra, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) — Roorkee in Uttarakhand, Sathyabama University in Tamil Nadu and Skyline Institute of Engineering and Technology in Uttar Pradesh.

    ​Each six-member group of students will have to build their own human-powered rover that will traverse an obstacle course that simulates the potential surface of astronomical objects, according to NASA. The wheels, tracks, treads, belts and other parts of the rovers cannot be purchased or considered off-the-shelf products — the participants are required to design and fabricate these components themselves. As a part of the challenge there will be an optional "Sample Return" competition. Teams competing in this separate quest will collect four samples — liquid, small pebbles, large rocks and soil samples — using a mechanical arm or grabber they will design and build.

    Awards will be presented for best design, rookie team, pit crew and other accomplishments, NASA said.

    ​The Human Exploration Rover Challenge highlights NASA's current plans to explore all members of the solar system family: distant planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

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