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posted Jun 5, 2013, 11:48 AM by Kevin Sloan   [ updated Jun 6, 2013, 11:22 AM ]
DIY Rovers Compete to Explore the Martian Landscape • by Jim Urquhart, Wired.com (6/6/13)
[PHOTOS] NASA’s Curiosity rover is daily astounding the folks of Earth with its exploits. But here on our planet, 15 teams of university scientists and engineers recently drove robotic rovers around a barren Martian-looking land west of the little town of Hanksville in Southern Utah.
 
Polish Students Design Best Mars Rover of 2013 • by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer (6/3/13)
Hanksville, UTAH — In the rugged desert landscape of southern Utah, 7.5 miles from the nearest town, 10 student teams competed in the Mars Society's annual University Rover Challenge (URC). Six seasoned engineering students from Bialystok University of Technology in Poland took first place with the "Hyperion" craft — their prototype for what a future Mars rover might look like.
 
Mars Rover Challenge 2013 Highlights - TechDailyNews.com (6/3/13)
[VIDEO] 10 teams made their way to Hanksville Utah where they tested Mars rover prototypes.  Each team completed a range of set tasks and were then graded on ease of completion.
 
Polish triumph in US Mars rover competition - Warsaw Business Journal (6/3/13)
Teams from Polish universities won the top two prizes at the University Rover Challenge in Utah, a competition that involves designing and building Mars rovers that could be used for exploring the planet in the future.
 
Students take Mars Society's rover challenge - DJ Summers, The Salt Lake Tribune (5/31/13)
Hanksville • Southern Utah’s iron-red plateaus feel Martian and make the wandering robot digging for chlorophyll feel strangely appropriate.
 
The Rocky Road to Building the Next Mars Rover • by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer (5/29/13)
The next generation of Mars rovers has arrived in Hanksville, a tiny desert town in southern Utah. Over the next three days, 10 college teams will compete in the Mars Society University Rover Challenge, using vehicles they have designed to accomplish tough tasks, similar to those faced by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, now in the midst of its two-year assignment on Mars.
 
Student-Built Robots to Race in Mock Mars Rover Challenge • by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer  (5/24/13)
SALT LAKE CITY What does it take to build and command a vehicle capable of exploring Mars? Ninety students from around the world are about to find out.
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