Huntsville hosting annual `moonbuggy' race

By: AP
By: AP

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Two astronauts who went to the moon will be part of a special event in Huntsville this weekend.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics are hosting an event to mark the 40th anniversary of the first lunar rover on the moon. Apollo astronauts Charles Duke and Harrison Schmitt both used the rover on the moon and will be on hand.

As part of the weekend, NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race will be held Friday and Saturday. More than 80 teams of students who designed and made human-powered vehicles will participate in the competition at the space museum.

The students must address some of the same engineering challenges overcome by Apollo-era designers at Marshall in the 1960s.

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