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Published May 21, 2010, 10:23 PM

Robot Means a Trip To NASA for UND Engineering Group

A big competition is resting in the hands of a robot.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

A big competition is resting in the hands of a robot. This robot is the brainchild of an engineering group at the University of North Dakota.

Since August this group has been working towards the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition. The 23 universities competing, including Virginia Tech had to build robots that would simulate collecting and depositing moon dirt. The winners will get to go behind the scenes of a NASA launch. But one group member found the beauty in the process.

"It's a robot! I mean you can't say much more than that. It's exciting because we're also working with a mechanical team, an electrical team. It's very fun because there's a whole bunch of us!" said team member, UND graduate Kevin Ivanca.

The robot will represent North Dakota at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27.

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