Washington sources reported that three Indian student teams won awards in NASA’s annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge at the US Space and Rocket Centre in Huntsville, Alabama. Meanwhile the team from KIET Group of Institutions in Ghaziabad won the “AIAA Neil Armstrong Best Design Award” in the college/university division, NASA said in a statement late Sunday.
Furthermore the Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering from Mumbai won the “Frank Joe Sexton Memorial Pit Crew Award” in the college/university division. Reportedly the Mukesh Patel school also won the System Safety Challenge Award at the competition hosted by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville and held at the US Space and Rocket Centre. Moreover Lovely Professional University from Phagwara, Punjab, won the STEM Engagement Award.
Apparently the International Space Education Institute of Leipzig, Germany, won first place in the high school division with 91 points and the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Team 1 won the college/university division with 101 points. Perhaps NASA astronaut and two-time spaceflight veteran Sunita “Suni” Williams also interacted with teams and participating in the activities.