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2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff

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The 2016 kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams have the opportunity to meet at "local" Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. The 2016 Kickoff took place on Saturday January 9th, 2016.

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To all the teams that won NASA FRC Grants, please remember you must complete the entrance survey prior to Kickoff!
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NASA FRC Grant Award Winners

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The highly anticipated moment you have all been waiting for... The NASA FRC grant award winners have been selected for the 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition season and the list is now available.

Note: Teams receiving grants are required to complete the "Entrance Survey" prior to the FIRST Kickoff.

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Curiosity Mars Rover Tracks Sunspots

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While busily investigating bedrock types on Mars' Mount Sharp and preparing for a drill test, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has also been looking up frequently to monitor sunspots on the face of the sun that is turned away from Earth.

Large sunspots are evident in views from Curiosity's Mast Camera (Mastcam). Scientists temporarily have no other resource providing views of the sun from the opposite side of the solar system from Earth. The sun completes a rotation about once a month -- faster near its equator than near its poles. Information about sunspots that develop before they rotate into view of Earth and Earth-orbiting spacecraft is helpful in predicting space-weather effects of solar emissions related to sunspots.

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Curiosity's Position After 10 Kilometers

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Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012. The drive on Sol 957 brought the mission's total driving distance past the 10-kilometer mark (6.214 miles). The rover is passing through a series of shallow valleys on a path from the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop, which it investigated for six months, toward its next science destination, called "Logan Pass."

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As you may have noticed there is now a Twitter feed on the right side of the Robotic Alliance Project's webpage! We would like to invite everyone to follow us on twitter and help spread the word about the Robotics Alliance Project and NASA! We plan on using Twitter to post about announcements, new features, and much more!


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