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UPR Humacao gets first place in NASA Great Moonbuggy Race

A team representing University of Puerto Rico in Humacao (UPRH) won first place in the College Division of the 17th Annual NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on April 9-10 in Huntsville, Alabama.

(Photo courtesy of Diálogo Digital)


The race, organized by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, challenges students to design, build and race lightweight, human-powered buggies that tackle many of the same engineering challenges dealt with by Apollo-era lunar rover developers at the Marshall Center in the late 1960s.  The competition included more than 70 teams from 18 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Germany, India and Romania. More than 600 drivers, engineers and mechanics - all students - gathered with their team advisers and cheering sections to take part in the matchup of wits and wheels.  

The University of Puerto Rico at Humacao holds the distinction of being the only school in the world to enter a moonbuggy in every race since the event was founded in 1994, the team also won the second-place prize in 2009.