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Germany triumphs in NASA's 'Great Moonbuggy Race'

DDP/The Local · 11 Apr 2010, 12:12

Published: 11 Apr 2010 12:12 GMT+02:00

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The four-person German team, from the Leipzig-based International Space Education Institute (ISEI), won first prize in the high-school division after a decisive race in Huntsville, Alabama on Saturday, NASA announced.

Stefan Martini from Munich and Stephanie Fleischer from Oberschleißheim, both 19, finished the roughly half-mile course with its twisting curves, gravel pits and other obstacles simulating lunar surface conditions, in 3 minutes 37 seconds.

"It was a tough race," said ISEI director Ralf Heckel. "The first four finishes were only four seconds apart."

A team from the University of Puerto Rico in Humacao won the first prize in the university division.

The teams beat out more than 70 other groups from 18 US states and Puerto Rico as well as from Canada, India and Romania.

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"The Great Moonbuggy Race" recalls the challenges that engineers faced in the late 1960s, when they were designing the original Apollo-era lunar rover, which explored the surface of the moon in the early 1970s.

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13:35 April 13, 2010 by dbert4
Once again, those bitchin Germans win the innovations race! I guess the US could find enough foreign-born technical people to field a team and to make it happen FOR them.
13:57 April 14, 2010 by Hebbellover
@dbert4 - wow, your posts have a lot of thought put into them. Besides your Hero Barack Hussein "I am not a Muslim" Obama the majority of us 'Mericans have more German blood running through our veins than a sizeable portion of German citizens. Therefore, get over your bigoted comments, we German-Americans are proud of our accomplishments and we don't need stupid comments to remind us we or our ancestors left Deutschland Über Alles!
14:30 April 14, 2010 by dbert4
@Hebbellover - wow, you missed the whole point of my comment. If you're Merican, good...but not relevent.

My point was, despite the extreme flag waving. The US is dependent on foreigner for most everything, of value anyway. There are those who carry on with the German brain-drain BS. BUT if one looks for real innovation and excellence, it usually doesn't come from the US.

So you can take the chip off of your shoulder.
16:36 April 14, 2010 by Hebbellover
No dbert4, it is you who missed the point.

There isn't this kind of innovation in Germany because some germans can't get too far away from the government socilaist teat! So sorry, so true. I'll remind my Bio-mechanical engineer and my Bio-chemical engineer son about your no-innovation comments.
09:40 April 15, 2010 by dbert4
So Hebbellover - Maybe the piece should be retitled as, "Germany, while sucking on the government socilaist teat triumphs in NASA's 'Great Moonbuggy Race'

But in any case THEY WON, and apparently your "Bio-mechanical engineer and my Bio-chemical engineer son" weren't even in the same league.

A BIG consideration that you're missed, MOST basic science research in the US AND development costs are sponsored by the government for military purposes. Yes that's right that "teat" thing again.
07:20 April 19, 2010 by Kelly McDonald
The more I read about the U.S. landing on the moon the more obsured it is to me. We are the only nation claming to have done it and the Russians were so much more advanced. I was 6 yrs. old in 1969 when the U.S. when to the moon so what did I know I was just a kid. The Holocust and Werner Von Braun makes a sickening feeling come over me every time. The Jews that have a right to live like all of MANKIND period.
09:59 April 19, 2010 by dbert4
Kelly - Agreed....but what do Jews have to do with the "Moon Buggy" contest?
14:45 April 22, 2010 by beckyhead

What are you talking about? The Russians were NOT so much more advanced. Read a little before you make such uninformed comments. The Apollo/Saturn missions were some of the most documented events in our history. Read "Digital Apollo" to see how much more advanced the US was in terms of the technology used to get to the moon. However, I will not take away the many "firsts" the former Soviets had in the Space Race.

And what do you mean by "claiming"? Are you one of those nuts that think the landing was faked? I am quite sure the Soviets would've been he first to claim fraud. Sounds like you need some of the Buzz Aldrin treatment.
16:59 May 2, 2010 by Ralf Heckel
Here is the leader of the winning Moonbuggy Team 2010 speaking:

"I want to correct the editor of this article: There was no german team winning. In Huntsville were selected students from Germany, Russia and USA as part of a multinational team. The International Space Education Institute ist locate in Leipzig/Germany were the following space scientists worked: Eberhard Rees (former MSFC-Director), Prof. von Puttkamer (NASA-HQ), Prof. Harry Ruppe (founder of the 1st professorship for spaceflight in Germany), Sergej Korolev (sputnik´s chief designer).

This Moonbuggy were designed by students from: Russia, Germany, USA, England, Hungaria, Ukraine, Malaysia). The blog of the team is written in: english, german, russian and spain. There are invited more students from Puerto Rico, India and China this year.

See: http://www.spaceeducation.eu

and: http://spaceeducation-eu.blogspot.com/

Everybody sleeps who dreams that one nation will explore the space. Only human can do this, no nations. Some of these new words in our future are: integrity, multinational and teamwork."

Ralf Heckel, principal

International Space Education Institute
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