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One Man’s Volleyball Court Is An Engineer’s Testing Site

A photograph of students testing their Mars rover vehicle on the volleyball court of the Eda U. Gerstacker Grove

Rishi Bhuta and Adithya Ramanathan, CS BSE Students, move their Robotic Exploration of Space Team (REST) Mars rover vehicle on the Eda U. Gerstacker Grove on North Campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI on May 9, 2017.

The robot's goal is to be able to navigate a Martian environment and collect samples in a simulated extraterrestrial environment. The team competes in the annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition each year, but did not have a Mars-like terrain to test it on until this year when the Eda U. Gerstacker Grove was installed with a volleyball court. Photo: Joseph Xu/Senior Multimedia Content Producer, University of Michigan - College of Engineering