Robot Challenge Winners are Welcomed by NASA/US Senate

By NASA, Special for  USDR

The West Virginia Mountaineers, winners of the 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge, will be recognized for their achievement at an event from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 21, in Room 385 of the Senate Russell Office Building in Washington. Media are invited to attend and meet the team  members.

The Mountaineers were awarded $100,000 in prize money for successfully completing Level 2 of NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge, part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges prize program, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts June  10-12.

In addition to the members of the winning team, also in attendance will  be:

  • Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia
  • Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
  • Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate
  • David A. Wyrick, associate dean of West Virginia University’s Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

Media who wish to attend the event must contact Joshua Buck at or 202-358-1130 no later than 1 p.m. on Sept.  21.

The Centennial Challenges program is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future  missions.

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