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Cornell Mars Rover Team takes 3rd in the University Rover Challenge

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Cornell Mars Rover Team took 3rd place in the Mars Society's 2012 University Rover Challenge held at the windswept Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), near Hanksville, Utah.

In the words of faculty advisor Ephrahim Garcia: "It was bleak and the temperature at times exceeded 100F.  These kids hardly slept, but worked hard and didn't give up.  Judges and competitors marveled at our rover's design, we got a lots of complements."

Of the ten teams originally selected to compete, five were unable to field their rovers due to technological malfunctions.  First place went to York University's team who also won the 2009 competition.  The Mars Society reports that, "the final field of five finished with the closest point spread of any previous event.  Just 65 points, out of 500 possible, stood between first place and fifth place."

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