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Rove in the Grove

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

Computer science undergrads Rishi Bhuta and Adithya Ramanathan try out the Eda U. Gerstacker Grove’s new sand volleyball courts—with a robot. Built to be able to navigate a Martian environment and collect soil samples, the Robotic Exploration of Space Team (REST) Mars rover competed in the annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition in May 2017. The volleyball court’s Mars-like terrain was the perfect place for a test run. Photo: Joseph Xu/Senior Multimedia Content Producer, Michigan Engineering.