High School Students Design, Build a Remotely Operated Vehicle for Antarctic Research

M'RAJE returns to the surface after a successful dive.


Shipping and assembling some scientific instruments in Antarctica can cost millions of dollars, thanks in part to the logistics needed to get materials and personnel to the southernmost continent on Earth. But this year, a relatively meager $5,000 investment returned a wealth of experience for students at a California High School and the research team with whom they are working at McMurdo Station, the National Science Foundation's logistics hub in Antarctica.

Read more about this project and see a slide show about deploying the rover--dubbed  M’RAJE, (pronounced “mirage”) a name taken from the first initials of its creators--at the U.S. Antarctic Program Web site: http://www.usap.gov/News/contentHandler.cfm?id=1122