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Odisha students chosen to participate in NASA challenge1 min read

November 15, 2020 2 min read

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Odisha students chosen to participate in NASA challenge1 min read

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These 10 lucky school students, who together form the Novonmesh Prasar Student Astronomy team (NaPSAT), have been selected to participate in the NASA Exploration Rover Challenge 2021. This is the first time that a school team from India has been selected for the challenge.

These students will be heading to NASA next year! Photo: Twitter/ANI

These cool kids from Bhubaneswar in Odisha are space enthusiasts who are engaged in projects that have to do with rockets, satellites, astronomy, and just about anything that’s got to do with space! The group comprises students aged between 14 to 19, who will be flying to Huntsville, Alabama, in the US to represent India in the international competition. The group is working on building a ‘human-powered’ rover that will be able to move on the surface of Mars!

The challenge will take place in April 2021, and the team is currently working hard to raise funds and prepare their rover so as to compete with the stiff competition. A total of 100 teams from across the globe will be participating.

A feat that’s out of this world, literally!

Each year, students from across the globe participate in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. So what is this challenge all about? It is an engineering design challenge to engage students in the next phase of human space exploration. High school and college students create a vehicle designed to move through the simulated surface of another planet.

Sources: NDTV, nasa.gov