Did you wonder what NASA does in its spare time? Apparently, they host
robot competitions. That should really come as no big shock, considering
these are the people who build rovers and other remote electronic
helpers to explore the depths of space. What may be a surprise is that
the contest id open to people who are not NASA engineers. The next
upcoming contest is called the NASA's 2013
Sample Return Robot Challenge, and it will be held at the Worcester
Polytechnic Institute this June.
The goal of the competition is
simple. All the bots have to do is to locate geologic
samples placed by the NASA team and collect them. Oh, and they have to
do it without any help from a human being in a variety of different
types of terrains. While that may sound simple the challenge has been,
to date, unsuccessful in previous competitions sponsored by the
If any intrepid engineers manage to win the prize, they will get a hefty check for $1.5 million.
Source: Mass Live