Any of the 110,000 visitors to the Cosmosphere International Science Education & Space Museum might be captivated by the Apollo 13 command module or the Apollo 11 moon rock. Since last summer, they’ve also had the chance to imagine exploring the surface of Mars via a human-propelled rover on display.

It hasn’t been to the Red Planet, but it did compete nationally against other rovers and scored a first-place win in the telemetry category — the process of recording and transmitting the readings of an instrument.

PSU students conceptualized, designed, and fabricated it for NASA last year as part of the national Human Exploration Rover Challenge. PSU has entered the competition every year since it began 20 years ago and has brought home 13 awards, including three championship wins.

Greg Murray, chair of PSU Engineering Technology, Jacob Lehman, an associate professor who was on the 2006 national championship team, and Tim Dawsey, dean of the College of Technology, transported and installed it at the invitation of the Cosmosphere.

Tracey Tomme, executive vice president and chief operating officer there, said it was a great fit for the museum’s exhibits, which annually are visited by about 15,000 youth who dream of careers in aerospace.