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York University places 2nd in Mars rover contest

As reported by the CBC, Toronto's York University has placed second in the international University Rover Challenge. The Challenge, held annually by the International Mars Society, asks participants to build the best robotic rover for a Mars-like landscape. This is the second year in a row that York has placed in the top three in the prestigious competition.

"The University Rover Challenge, put on annually by the international Mars Society, was won by the Bialystok University of Technology in Poland, who beat out seven other teams from Canada and the United States."

"York University repeated a second-place showing from last year. Team members said in an email to CBC on Sunday that they were happy with their rover, called EVE, and its performance in the rugged sandstone desert near Hanksville, Utah."

"Although we were well prepared before the competition, the desert environment and harsh operating conditions required many last-minute repairs and alterations," the message said. "This is true for all the teams, but as always our success came from our ability to fix the rover in situ and get back to the task, while other teams were left stranded."

"York's rover cost about $13,000 to build, slightly below the $15,000 maximum allowed. The cost was sponsored by York University, Ontario Centres of Excellence and MDA, a B.C.-based defence contractor."

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