Press Release

NASA’s 2022 Human Exploration Rover Challenge to Proceed Virtually

By SpaceRef Editor
March 4, 2022
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NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge will continue as a virtual event in 2022. This year’s challenge will culminate with the submission of rover demonstration videos and a virtual awards ceremony planned April 29. Teams will be informed how to submit required videos.

The safety and protection of the Rover Challenge student teams, the NASA workforce and all those supporting the competition is NASA’s top priority.

“In an effort to bring Rover Challenge to as many as possible, with travel restrictions and other COVID limitations still affecting our participants, we made the decision to continue the challenge virtually,” said Aundra Brooks-Davenport, who leads the challenge. “We are planning a month of engaging virtual events culminating with a virtual awards ceremony. We look forward to welcoming all teams back to Huntsville in 2023.”  

Teams having submitted all deliverables by due dates outlined in the handbook (or shared otherwise) will be eligible for the following awards:

  • Overall winner
  • STEM engagement
  • Project review
  • Phoenix
  • Social media
  • Task challenge
  • Ingenuity
  • Safety

HERC, managed by the Southeast Regional Office of STEM Engagement at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, encourages students to build upon Apollo missions while using the goals of the Artemis program to pilot human-powered rovers over a challenging half-mile course simulating the terrain of the Moon, Mars, and other bodies in our solar system. For more than 25 years, the annual challenge and its sponsors have encouraged student teams from the United States and around the world to push the limits of innovation and imagine what it will take to explore other worlds in the universe.

For more information about NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges, visit:

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