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European Rover Challenge in mid-September in Starachowice

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On September 14, the European Rover Challenge, the largest robotics and space event in the world will begin. An open-air field modelled on the surface of Mars is now being prepared near Starachowice. 400 players from all over the world will take part in the competition of Mars robots.

The fourth edition of the international robotics competition will take place on September 14-16 at the Jan Pazdura Museum of Nature and Technology "Ecomuseum" in Starachowice. 50 teams from six continents will compete in this year`s finals, including a record number of teams from Europe.

The European Rover Challenge is an open event with free admission for all viewers. Visitors can watch the battles of Mars robots and take part in numerous scientific and technological demonstrations presenting space and benefits from its exploration, the organizers of the event inform in the release sent to PAP. There will also be new attractions.

"We are introducing a new event this year: a competition for the audience. Participants remotely controlling a small robot will have to cross an obstacle course. It will allow them to experience the emotions that accompany the teams that compete in the Martian field on a daily basis" - says Łukasz Wilczyński, president of the European Space Foundation, the originator and organizer of the event.

An additional attraction of this year`s edition of ERC will be an exhibition presenting a fragment of the space base MARS 2030. It is a project of a habitat for manned spacecrafts created by the Department of Industrial Forms of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Visitors will be able to enter the habitat and feel like real astronauts.

Every year, the ERC organizers invite the stars of world astronautics. This year, Starachowice will host the Founder of the Mars Society - Dr. Robert Zubrin, Head of the European Space Agency`s robotics department - Dr. Gianfranco Visentin, and Timothy Peake - the first British ESA astronaut who worked at the International Space Station. Peake will take part in the competition opening ceremony scheduled for Friday (September 14), and during a special lecture for the audience he will talk about his work at the ESA`s astronaut training centre.

The event is co-organized by the European Space Foundation, the Special Economic Zone "Starachowice" SA, Powiat Starachowicki and Mars Society Polska.

PAP-Science in Poland is a media sponsor of the event.

The honorary patrons of the ERC are the European Space Agency, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, the Ministry of Digital Affairs, the National Centre for Research and Development, the Polish Space Agency, the Space Industry Employers` Association and the Polish branch of the international engineering organization IEEE.

More about the event on the website: www.roverchallenge.eu.

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