U.S. Space and Rocket Center unveils new robotic lunar lander

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - 65,000 fourth graders across the state and in Huntsville will be a part of space exploration history.

School leaders, space professionals and students gathered at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center to unveil the new Lunar Lander.

It's headed to the moon but not before students give it a name. It's a contest for the state but engineers say it's more about inspiring a younger generation.

"We've got to let the world know that Huntsville and the state, we are about high technology, we are about jobs and we are about developing the next generation of kids who are inspired to be great thinkers and leaders and that is important to us," Tim Pickens, Rocket City Space Pioneers Team Leader.

The winning fourth grade class will get to go to space camp and the teacher will get money for school supplies.

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