Oregon State Engineers Win 2008 Mars Rover Challenge

June 12th, 2008

The Mars Society which lists its mission as:

To further the goal of the exploration and settlement of the Red Planet. This will be done by:

1. Broad public outreach to instill the vision of pioneering Mars.
2. Support of ever more aggressive government funded Mars exploration programs around the world.
3. Conducting Mars exploration on a private basis.

Starting small, with hitchhiker payloads on government funded missions, we intend to use the credibility that such activity will engender to mobilize larger resources that will enable stand-alone private robotic missions and ultimately human exploration.

hosted its second annual Mars Rover Challenge. A group of OSU Engineering students from the OSU Robotics Club built and operated the winning rover.

“Their science payload was particularly amazing because of the way they used common household products,” judge Heather Smith said in a statement on the Mars Society’s Web site. “They had an electric toothbrush to clean off rocks, a standard mechanical drill, and a common thermometer.”

Definitely check out the blow by blow of the Rover Challenge…Sounds like an awesome competition! My favorite part of the website is the photo of the day with the caption:

If I’m ever lost on Mars, I want Oregon State to come find me!

I’ll second that emotion!!

(Big ups to Rachel from Anvil Media for the initial linkage!)


4 responses to “Oregon State Engineers Win 2008 Mars Rover Challenge”

  1. Tea Lover says:

    Congrats to Oregon State!

  2. Hgh says:

    If I’m ever lost on Mars, I want Oregon State to come find me!

    This was good hehehe

  3. AJ says:

    i am in high school and am intersted in robotics.
    are you EE majors?

  4. Ken Enlarge says:

    Congrats to Oregon State!

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