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Lunar Regolith is the scientific term for moon dirt. It's a heavy, fine, and cohesive sand that covers the moon's surface several meters deep. Because of these properties Lunar Regolith is difficult to dig.
A group of University of B.C. students, sponsored by Miskin Scrapers Works, Inc., have created a robotic MoonScraper that competed at a NASA-sponsored robotics challenge. The aim was to create a robot that could move the most simulated moon dirt in a 30-minute timed trial. About 20 teams competed in the NASA Regolith Excavator Centennial Challenge at Ames Research Air Force Base in Mountain View, California.

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Paul's Robotics Finishes with $500,000 in their Pocket NASA's Largest Cash Prizes Ever Handed Out
Nineteen teams pushed their robotic competitors to the limit and three
teams claimed a total of $750,000 in NASA prizes for their hard work and innovation at this year's Regolith Excavation Challenge held at NASA's Ames Research Centre on Moffett Field.


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NASA Hosts National Lunar Robotics Moon Excavation Competition
Reporters are invited to attend the 2009 Regolith Excavation Challenge Oct. 17-18 at NASA's Ames Research Centre at Moffett Field, Califonia. The $750,000 prize challenge is a nationwide competition that focuses on developing improved handling technologies for moon dirt, known as lunar regolith.

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UBC engineering students unveil moon dust-shovelling robot before NASA competition
A robot designed by UBC students will be shovelling moon dust at an international robotics competition next week, vying for a $500,000 prize and the opportunity to contribute to NASAs future space exploration projects.

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