Lunar Roundup: Team Merger!
By Nick Azer on November 27, 2012
Welcome to this week’s Lunar Roundup! A power rankings-style look at who & what’s been “Awesome!” over the last seven days of the Google Lunar X PRIZE.
Odyssey Moon, the first-ever Google Lunar X PRIZE team, announced they are merging into team SpaceIL; while Angelicum took a detailed look at their designs; STELLAR announced new sponsorship; Synergy Moon featured their NanoSat project; and Part Time Scientists gave a great interview.
Your top five highlights for November 20th-November 26th:
"This team has a tremendously high probability of achieving one of the greatest space challenges of our time, the landing of a private, non-governmental lander on the Moon. This will probably be one of the largest media events of 2015." - Odyssey Moon advisor Michael Potter
The historic merger puts the prize at 24 teams; the teams have chosen to retain the SpaceIL identity.
Angelicum posted a video looking in detail at their rover concepts, and the unusual inspiration for them:
Part Time Scientists' Karsten Becker gave a great interview about the team and their prototypes at Electronica 2012:
I’ll be rounding these up on a weekly basis, so keep an eye here for all the most awesome developments.
And if you have any favorite stories that I didn’t post here...share ’em in the comments below!