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December 01
Robotics Competition Grants
6 wheel rover
The 2011 FIRST robotics competition sponsorship award winners have now been selected. To view if your team has been selected, follow the link below. For those teams that have won an award, please complete the entrance survey below.

+ View VEX RCS Winners
+ View Botball RCS Winners
+ View FIRST RCS Winners
+ Complete the Entrance Survey
+ View Entrance Survey Completion Status

November 11
SeaPerch Underwater Robotics
SeaPerch Underwater Robotics
SeaPerch is a underwater Robotics program that is designed to help teach students to build underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) in-school or out-of-school settings.

SeaPerch ROV's are comprised of low cost materials making it available to everyone. There is also a National SeaPerch Challenge taking place May 23-25th, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA.

+ More info on SeaPerch
+ More info on The 2011 National SeaPerch Challenge

November 01
2011 Robotics Competition Sponsorship Closed
6 wheel robot
The 2011 NASA Robotics Competition Sponsorship (RCS) application is Closed! The NASA Robotics Competition Sponsorship application winners will be posted when it becomes available in the coming weeks. Award Announcement Update: NASA's best estimate for announcing grant application winners will be on or after Monday, November 29, 2010

+ More information on NASA's RCS Application

October 09
Sample Analysis at Mars instrument Suite Completed
The Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument Suite
The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite assembly is has been completed at NASA's Goddard Research Center. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) will use the Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument to help determine whether an area Mars has a favorable conditions for microbial life. The MSL is scheduled for launch in late 2011, with a landing expected in August of 2012.

+ More information on SAM's Assembly
+ More information on MSL

October 09
2011 Robotics Competition Sponsorship
6 wheel robot
The 2011 NASA Robotics Competition Sponsorship application is now live! The NASA Robotics Competition Sponsorship application is open until Saturday, October 30, 2010, 23:59:59 EDT.

+ More information on NASA's Robotics Competition Sponsorship

August 19
New Pictures of Mars
MRO Images
There is a new set of images from the telescopic High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The new observations were made between June 6 and July 7, 2010. The camera is one of six instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which reached Mars in 2006.

+ More information and the images
+ More information on the MRO

July 19
Curiosity Spins Its New Wheels
Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)
NASA engineers just installed six new wheels on the Curiosity rover, and rotated all six wheels at once.

Curiosity, also known as The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), will launch in November 2011. Curiosity's main mission is to establish whether the Mars environment is able to support microbial life.

+ More Information & Videos
+ More Information on MSL

July 09
Moonbase Alpha - NASA Video Game!
Moonbase Alpha
NASA has released a new video game for the PC. Here is the description:
NASA has once again landed on the lunar surface with the goal of colonization, research, and further exploration. Shortly after the return to the Moon, NASA has established a small outpost on the south pole of the moon called Moonbase Alpha.

+ More Information

June 29
IRI Just Around The Corner!
Indiana Robotics Invitational
One of the premiere off-season events, The Indiana Robotics Invitational (IRI), is just around the corner taking place July 16th & 17th, 2010 in Indiana! Currently there are an estimated 99 teams that have been accepted!

+ More information about IRI

June 08
NURC 2010
The National Underwater Robotics Challenge (NURC) begins this weekend June 11-13th in Chandler, Arizona! Live video will begin streaming on June 12th, 2010 at 10:30PM EST!

+ Live Video Stream
+ More information on NURC

May 28
Orbiter Uncovers Mysteries of Martian Ice Cap
Martian Ice Cap
The Shallow Radar, or SHARAD, instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed subsurface geology allowing scientists to reconstruct the formation of a large chasm and a series of spiral troughs on the northern ice cap of Mars. The findings appear in two papers in the May 27 issue of the journal Nature.

"SHARAD is giving us a beautifully detailed view of ice deposits, whether at the poles or buried in mid-latitudes, as they changed on Mars over the last few million years," said Rich Zurek, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter project scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

+ More Information

May 26
Lunabotics Mining Competition
NASA Edge Logo image
The Lunabotics Mining Competition is a university level competition designed to engage and retain students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

+ More information about Lunabotics

+ Watch the webcast May 27-28, 9AM-5PM EDT

May 14
Global Conference on Educational Robotics 2010
The 2010 Global Conference on Educational Robotics will be held at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (just outside St. Louis, MO) from July 7-11, 2010 with preconference classes on July 6th.

+ More information on the Global Conference on Educational Robotics

May 07
5th Annual Monty Madness!
Monty Madness
The 5th Annual Monty Madness Competition is just around the corner taking place on May 15th, 2010. Monty Madness is the first of the FRC off-season events.

Watch the webcast here.
Satudray, May 15, 8:00AM - 5:30PM EST

+ More Info on Monty Madness

April 30
3D Camera coming to Mars Rover
3D Camera
Award winning director James Cameron is assisting industry leaders and engineers at NASA's Jet Proportion Laboratory to build a 3D Camera for the next Mar's rover "Curiosity".

The Mars Science Laboratory, is the next rover in NASA's Mars Exploration Program. The Mars Science Laboratory, also known as Curiosity, is expected to launch in the Fall of 2011.

+ More information

April 29
NASA to launch R2 to join Space Station Crew
NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station.

Read the full story here.

April 29
NASA FRC 2010 Exit Survey
Congratulations to all the teams that participated this year.

Now that the 2010 FRC season is winding down, it's time for the NASA sponsored teams to complete their NASA FRC exit survey.

The survey is located here.

List of current exit survey submissions is located here.

April 29
2010 Botball Season Results
Botball Logo
The Botball 2010 season regionals are almost complete and results for the Northern and Southern California, Greater DC, Greater St. Louis, and New England Tournaments are now posted via the Botball website

April 26
Hubble Space Telescope turns 20
Carina Nebula
NASA’s best-recognized, longest-lived and most prolific space observatory was launched April 24, 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery during the STS-31 mission. Hubble discoveries revolutionized nearly all areas of current astronomical research from planetary science to cosmology.

NASA is releasing a new Hubble photo of a small portion of one of the largest known star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Three light-year-tall towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula. The scene is reminiscent of Hubble’s classic “Pillars of Creation” photo from 1995, but even more striking.

+ More Information

April 24
VEX Robotics World Championship Competition
Vex logo
The 2010 VEX world Championship is now over and the results can be found here.

+ More information on the game.
+ More information on the competition

April 20
2010 Northern California Tournament
Botball Robot Logo
The Northern California Botball Tournament will be held in conjunction with RoboGames at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, Saturday April 24.

April 19
VEX Robotics World Championship Competition
Vex logo
The VEX Robotics World Championship Competition is just around the corner taking place this weekend April 22, 2010 - April 24, 2010 at the Dallas Convention Center.

+ Webcast
+ More information on the game.
+ More information on the competition

April 19
2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship
NASA Robotics Alliance Project would like to congratulate the FIRST FRC Championship Alliance: Team 294, “Beach Cities Robotics,” Redondo Beach, Calif.; Team 67, “The HOT Team,” Milford, Mich.; Team 177, “Bobcat Robotics,” South Windsor, Conn., along with all the other award winning teams!

+ FRC Awards List (PDF)

April 19
STS-131 Landing Delayed
STS-131 Patch
Poor weather conditions at Kennedy Space Center have delayed the landing of STS-131 for Monday April 19, 2010.

The first Kennedy landing opportunity Tuesday is on orbit 237 with a deorbit burn at 6:28 a.m. and landing at 7:34 a.m. Edwards Air Force Base also is expected to be called up for Tuesday landing opportunities.

April 07
STS-131 Successful Launch
STS-131 Patch
STS-131 was successfully launched on April 5, 2010 from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A. The mission is being flown by Space Shuttle Discovery.

+ More STS-131 Information

April 06
2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship
The 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Championship is just around the corner taking place April 15-17, 2010. The competition takes place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. There will be more 500 robots competing on 6 fields!

View the FIRST FRC Championship Webcast!
More information on the FIRST Championship.

March 31
2010 FRC Mid-WeekSacramento Regional Webcast
Looking to watch some mid-week FRC Action? The Sacramento 2010 FIRST Regional is being broadcast from 3/31/2010-4/1/2010!

Watch the 2010 Sacramento FRC Webcast.
Check out other Week 5 FRC Webcasts.

March 26
2010 FRC Hawaii Regional on NASA TV
The 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Hawaii Regional is being broadcast on NASA TV.

How to get NASA TV in your area.
Watch the NASA TV webcast

March 26
Robots in Industry
Top Robots
Are you aware that nine out of ten robots in existence are industrial robots?

Read more about Robots in Industry.

March 03
CREATE's Robotics Championship of the Americas
This year's signature event, The Robotics Championship of the Americas, is just around the corner taking place March 18-20, 2010. The event takes place at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

For more information, head on over to CREATE's Robotics Championship of the Americas website. The event will be webcast on 03/19 - 03/20 and can be viewed here.

March 03
2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Regional's Begin
The 2010 FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Events are in full swing! Check out this year's game animation.

For more info about the fifth week's webcasts, head over to the FRC Webcast Page.

March 03
NASA and GM Partner To Create Robonaut 2
NASA and GM, with the help of engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, developed and built the next iteration of Robonaut. Robonaut 2, or R2, is a faster, more dexterous and more technologically advanced robot.

Find out more at Robonaut2's Webpage.

February 18
2010 Botball regional workshops
Botball Logo
The 2010 Botball regional workshops will start the season in the following regions:

For more information visit Botball

January 29
Send a Postcard to Spirit!
Send a Postcard to Spirit!
Ever wanted to send a postcard to Spirit? Here is your chance! Click here to find out how!

Also Spirit is now a stationary research platform, which you can read more about here!

January 29
NASA E-Book now available!
NASA has released it's first Free E-Book "X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight" by Dennis R. Jenkins is available for download now!

Head on over to the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate website and download it in the format you need now!

January 20
2010 Botball Season Game
Botball Logo
The Botball 2010 season game has just been released to all teams! The "KIPR Open" also provides a new game for those adults who have aged-out of Botball or just want to try their hand at autonomous robotics.

Learn more at Botball's website

January 20
NewsPress: Cyber Soccer
Teens Building Robots Oklahoma FRC kickoff coverage. "Teens have a ball in robotics challenge."

January 12
Popular Mechanics: New Underwater Explorers Go Where Scientists Can't
Benthic Rover
An unmanned robot completed a 3300-mile trek across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. Find out more.

January 12
2010 Botball Kickoff
Botball Logo
Botball is kicking-off the 2010 season with an Instructors Summit and Workshop in Norman OK. January 15-17th.

Learn more about Botball here

January 12
Popular Mechanics: President Obama Pushes For Improved Science and Technology Education
Picture: President Obama inspects a student-built robot from the FIRST Robotics 2009 competition. President Obama inspects a student-built robot from the FIRST Robotics 2009 competition.

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