Moonbuggy 2010HUNTSVILLE, AL – The University of Utah’s moonbuggy team finished second place in NASA’s 17th annual Great Moonbuggy Race on Saturday, April 10, 2010 where they competed against 70 teams from 18 states, Puerto Rico, Germany and Canada.

The Great Moonbuggy Race is organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama where the original Apollo-era lunar rovers were developed. The purpose of the competition is to challenge students to design and build a moonbuggy that can navigate a half-mile course with multiple obstacles that simulate lunar surface conditions.

The University of Utah team made up of students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering finished behind students from University of Puerto Rico in Humacao.