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National Museum of the U.S. Air Force team among winners of 2005 Space Day National Design Challenges Competition

The "Blue Moon Inventors" winning entry, named the "Off World Truck," featured a recharging station mounted on the lunar rover. This mobile recharging station would allow the astronauts on the moon to wear a much lighter and smaller backpack, making moving around and working much less strenuous. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The "Blue Moon Inventors" winning entry, named the "Off World Truck," featured a recharging station mounted on the lunar rover. This mobile recharging station would allow the astronauts on the moon to wear a much lighter and smaller backpack, making moving around and working much less strenuous. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Members of the "Blue Moon Inventors" pose for a photo at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Front row (left to right):
Alex Kosan (Otway, Ohio); Cherylyn Geers (Hamilton, Ohio); Conrad Bambeck (West Alexandria, Ohio); Tyler Hudgins (Louisville, Ky.). Back row (left to right): Cindy Henry (teacher); Brandon Edge (Fairborn, Ohio); Joseph Broyles (Dayton, Ohio); Erin Buckey (Fairborn, Ohio); Brad Theilman (Milford, Ohio); Evan Todd (Columbus, Ohio); Chris McAuley (Fairborn, Ohio) and Bob Robke (mentor). (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Members of the "Blue Moon Inventors" pose for a photo at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Front row (left to right): Alex Kosan (Otway, Ohio); Cherylyn Geers (Hamilton, Ohio); Conrad Bambeck (West Alexandria, Ohio); Tyler Hudgins (Louisville, Ky.). Back row (left to right): Cindy Henry (teacher); Brandon Edge (Fairborn, Ohio); Joseph Broyles (Dayton, Ohio); Erin Buckey (Fairborn, Ohio); Brad Theilman (Milford, Ohio); Evan Todd (Columbus, Ohio); Chris McAuley (Fairborn, Ohio) and Bob Robke (mentor). (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force's "Blue Moon Inventors" was named one of 19 winning teams, including "Best Overall" in their category, during Lockheed Martin's 2005 Space Day National Design Challenges competition.

The theme of the 2005 contest was "Return to the Moon," and it was sponsored by Lockheed Martin in partnership with the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, which created the designs and implemented the challenges.

Led by one of the Museum's Aerospace Educators, Cindy Henry, the "Blue Moon Inventors" were comprised of 10 students in grades 6-8, who were given three months to research, design and build an invention that would make it easier to work on the moon.

The students, who are from Ohio and Kentucky, named their winning entry the "Off World Truck," which featured a recharging station mounted on the lunar rover. This mobile recharging station would allow the astronauts on the moon to wear a much lighter and smaller backpack, making moving around and working much less strenuous.

Their solution was among those selected from 381 submissions from around the U.S., Germany and Japan.

According to Ms. Henry, the team's dedication and hard work has certainly paid off.

"The team worked very hard and I am extremely proud of them," said Ms. Henry. "They really came together and used their skills and creativity to build their award-winning project."

In recognition of their achievement, the team has been invited to Washington D.C. to be honored at NASA Headquarters on May 4, as well as at the National Space Day ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum May 5.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.


NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 330.

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