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The countdown has begun . . . NASA Challenge team readies for April competition

The countdown has started for the Bledsoe County High School Rover Challenge Team. For months they have been designing, testing, and building their rover to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) in April.

This Friday, they have to turn in their written project report consisting of at least 30 pages explaining every phase from the initial design and how they progressed to their final design plus provide a photo of their team with their assembled rover, said Michiel Palmer, instructor/advisor.

This marks the third year Bledsoe County has been chosen to participate and compete in the program. They are among 28 high schools from across the United States chosen for the program. There are 44 college teams slated to compete too.

NASA selected 72 student teams to begin an engineering design challenge to build human-powered rovers that will compete April 15 and 16 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, near the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

If you would like to help the team financially, they are selling popcorn online. Visit to purchase some popcorn and help out the team.

For more see the March 7 issue of The Bledsonian Banner.

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