NASA Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana, at right, talks with Ken Kremer, Universe Today, during media day at the agency's 8th Annual Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. Cabana shared his thoughts about the competition and the progress made to make Kennedy a multi-user spaceport. Teams from colleges and universities around the U.S. used their mining robots to dig in a supersized sandbox filled with BP-1, or simulated Martian soil, and participated in other competition requirements, May 22-26. The Robotic Mining Competition is a NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate project designed to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields. The project provides a competitive environment to foster innovative ideas and solutions that could be used on NASA's Journey to Mars.