NASA $1M contest intent on sending robots to Mars



NASA engineers want humanoid robots to help astronauts living and working on Mars to help build habitats, grow food and make potable water.

The space agency on Tuesday opened registration for teams to compete for a $1 million prize purse in what it’s calling the Space Robotics Challenge.

The contest is intended to encourage development of robots that are capable of working in the harsh environment of Mars and that have enough strength, precision and autonomy to be useful to human teammates.

A qualifying round will run from mid-September to mid-November. Teams that make it through that initial round will then compete in the finals next June.

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