CM Naveen Congratulates NaPSAT For Securing 3rd Place In NASA’s Rover Challenge

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Navonmesh Prasar Student Astronomy Team (NaPSAT) on Saturday on winning laurels for the State by securing third place in NASA’s 27th annual Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC).

Students from Navonmesh Prasar Foundation, Bhubaneswar, and other high school and college students from around the U.S. and world had spent the last eight months designing, building, and testing their creations for the HERC – one of seven NASA Artemis Student Challenges.

HERC tasks U.S. and international student teams to design, engineer, and test a human-powered rover on a course that simulates the terrain found on rocky bodies in the solar system. The teams also must perform mission tasks while negotiating the course, including sample retrievals and spectrographic analysis.

Despite the cancellation of on-site competition activities at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the high school and college teams competed in multiple design, documentation, and presentation categories, and were recognized for their successful efforts.

The winners were announced during a virtual awards ceremony on April 16. Awards were presented in nine categories. NaPSAT was awarded the Videography Award in the high school division and secured third place among the overall winners in the high school division.

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