No winners in NASA moon-dirt digging competition

By
May 13, 2007 17:25




Four teams and some strange machines competed for a quarter-of-a-million dollars from NASA, but all walked away empty-handed. NASA's Regolith Excavation Challenge invited teams to build machines for digging mock moon dirt, or regolith, in a competition held in a one-ton sandbox on Saturday. But all the teams fell well short of the winning requirement of 150 kilograms of regolith deposited in a container in 30 minutes, and no one claimed the $250,000 purse. An excavator built by Technology Ranch of Pismo Beach did the best, collecting just over 65 kilograms (143 pounds) in half an hour. All the other machines broke down while digging. The prize rolls over to next year's competition, which will be worth $750,000.


Related Content

[illustrative photo]
September 24, 2011
Diabetes may significantly increase risk of dementia

By UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN HEALTH SYSTEM

Israel Weather
  • 9 - 18
    Beer Sheva
    13 - 18
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 8 - 12
    Jerusalem
    11 - 15
    Haifa
  • 12 - 22
    Elat
    12 - 19
    Tiberias