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NASA Hosts Awards ceremony for Space Robotics Challenge Prize Winners

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Immediately following the ceremony, finalists, winners and Therese Griebel, from NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C., will be available for interviews.
Media are invited to attend the awards ceremony for the Space Robotics Challenge at 2 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 30, hosted by Space Center Houston, located at 1601 E. NASA Parkway.
For more information about the Space Robotics Challenge, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/spacebotFor more information about other challenges and prize opportunities with NASA, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/solveTo view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nasa-hosts-awards-celebration-for-space-robotics-challenge-prize-winners-300482237.htmlSOURCE NASARelated Linkshttp://www.nasa.gov
The Space Robotics Challenge, part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program since August 2016, is a public prize competition to develop the capabilities of humanoid robot dexterity to better enable them to work alongside and independent of astronauts in preparation for future space exploration.
NASA uses challenges to gather the best and brightest minds in academia, industry and government to drive innovation and enable solutions in important technology focus areas.

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The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs inaugurated it as an official global day of note in December 2016.
It is part of a 24-hour Asteroid Day program from Broadcasting Center Europe, which begins at 9 p.m.
The date of International Asteroid Day coincides with the biggest asteroid crash believed to have ever occurred in recent history.
To celebrate, NASA will run a special television program about its Planetary Defense Coordination Office, which tracks asteroids and other Near Earth Objects (NEOs).
June 30 is International Asteroid Day.
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The reason for this is that space is a vacuum, so standard suction cups wouldn’t work to grab debris.
“If I came in and tried to push a pressure-sensitive adhesive onto a floating object, it would drift away,” the paper’s co-author Elliot Hawkes said.
Space isn’t as empty as we think it is, especially not just around our planet.
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An adhesive capable of sticking to objects while also surviving the temperature variations of space would be expensive and hard to produce, and magnets wouldn’t work on all the materials floating around Earth.

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