Lunar Roundup: Dashing Young Gentlemen
A team plans to put Justin Bieber on the Moon, while dashing young engineers show off awesome bots.
By Nick Azer on June 18, 2013
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE...
White Label Space rovers on a Moon training ground.
While Moon Express CEO Bob Richards gave great some quotes, he also talked about putting Justin Bieber on the Moon. (I might put in a vote for David Bowie, myself, but---whatever floats your spacecraft! And no, he doesn't mean 'permanently'! ;) )
That, plus robot spotlights galore---from the 3D-printed to the adorable---all from this week!:
Bieber in Space
"Bieber can do a space video and we can broadcast the first song, the first video on the moon." -Moon Express CEO Bob Richards
Bieber also wants to film a music video in space. Fellow Canadian Chris Hadfield recently filmed a music video from the International Space Station, covering David Bowie:
Also cool is Lykke Li's "live from the Moon" videos:
Can Bieber match this awesome? Will someone else beat him to the Moon as the first video broadcast? Stay tuned to find out!
In a different kind of 'dashing', a young SpaceIL engineer gave a pretty sweet tour of their mocked-up lander: the Sparrow!:
And in a free-wheelin' bit of awesome, team Plan B 's own young engineer showed off their 3D-printed wheel and rover design. Coming along fast!:
While these cool robots can't network for you, they've gotten plenty of networking in themselves lately!
While also hobnobbing with some humans:
Oil of the Moon
In that same article with the quotes about Justin Bieber, Moon Express ' Bob Richards delivered a couple more quotables about the future of space investment:
The project will help study dust & microorganisms over Florida, which will provide valuable information for Florida launches, as well as potential Mars benefits:
"A concurrent benefit of the DART program is that, since the intensely cold and dry conditions that exist in the upper troposphere are similar to ground conditions on Mars, studying the resilience of microorganisms living in this environment on Earth will lead to a better understanding of how the same conditions on Mars might be able to support microbial life." -Omega Envoy, press release
Ecsite-ing the Masses
And last but not least, our own Anita Heyward wrote a blog post about the role of science centers in Europe!
- Astrobotic posted a student presentation on the challenges of their moon-cave exploration plans, and recharging the robot!
- Part Time Scientists revealed work on a complete Moon simulation program!
I’ll be rounding these up every week, so keep an eye here for the best developments from our very own moon race.
And if you have any favorite stories from the week that didn’t make it in here---share them below!
June 11-17th, 2013.