Five mechanical engineering students among winners at NASA Rover Challenge

Published: May 23, 2022

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Five Auburn students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering were among the winners at the recent NASA Human Exploration Challenge.

Clay Vinson, Julia Hancock, Lucas Vail, Shannon Minnich and Joel Eidson earned the challenge’s “Project Review Award” in a contest Oct. 21-April 29 that asked students from 58 universities to design, develop, build and test human-powered rovers capable of traversing challenging rocky terrains found in the solar system. The challenge also tasked teams with performing mission assignments while negotiating a rocky course, including sample retrievals and spectrographic analysis.

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