In a collaborative effort, more than 20 engineering students at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology have designed the "Moonrockers" rover with the dream of capturing the top prize at NASA's Robotic Mining Competition, the Rapid City Journal reports.
After asking how they could improve their design following a second place finish last year, the SDSM&T interdisciplinary team is constructing their rover to mine sources to be converted into usable water, fuel, and oxygen for future space travel to the planet Mars. The protoype is working on overcoming challenges of communicating in space and figuring out how to handle the rough terrain of the Martian surface.
In the challenge of creating the rover, some team members have come to see robotics as a future they would like to pursue.
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