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In high gear: Teams gather on Mauna Kea for robotics competition


The West Virginia University robot competes during the PISCES Robotic International Space Mining (PRISM) competition Wednesday afternoon on Mauna Kea. The event included six college teams each with sophisticated robots that faced the challenge of collecting and depositing regolith (“Martian” dirt) into a bin as part of a simulated Mars or moon environment. “This is the best place in the world to test anything going to the moon or Mars,” explained John Hamilton of PISCES. The West Virginia team includes students Tim Godisart, Alexander T. Hyped, Matt Grubb, John Lucas and Professor Pawsiri Klinkhachorn.


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