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Moon Race Roundup: The Baton, Together

Moon Race Roundup: The Baton, Together

Generations are working together through the Google Lunar XPRIZE to conquer great space challenges.

This week, on the road to the Moon…

Penn State Lunar Lion 's Liam Neigh not only attended the NASA OCO-2 launch, but (as you can see) got to hang out with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden!

It takes members of multiple generations to conquer great challenges---like getting us back to the Moon (and eventually Mars), for good!---and the son of one NASA elder statesman is carrying on his family's legacy through his involvement in the Google Lunar XPRIZE:

"[Andrew is] prepared to carry on my legacy when I'm not able to continue doing that." - Buzz Aldrin, on his son, team Moon Express president Andrew Aldrin (NBC News Science)

Andrew Aldrin (far right) has taken a lead as President of team Moon Express , and team founder/CEO Bob Richards (left) talked about their motivations for why the Moon, and how, in this video:

Folks like the Aldrins are working hard to get mankind exploring again, but they're not alone: 818 people like you donated to team SpaceIL  's successful $280,000+ IndieGoGo campaign!

 

In addition to passionate small donors from around the world, SpaceIL  also has the 9th-richest man in the world among their backers (having received a whopping $16.4-million donation from him), so people from all walks of life are joining together to get behind our 18 teams and their push back to the Moon.

And it's not going without notice, as outlets like CNET and CBS This Morning have attested to with their recent prime coverage!

"When innovation stalls, sometimes it just needs a little push." - Tim Stevens, CNET, on the Google Lunar XPRIZE

 And innovation has been moving, as Penn State Lunar Lion  just received their new H202 engines, rolling on with their bold new idea of 'uSpace':

While team SpaceMETA  has been on the move with their efforts to prospect for water ice on the Moon!

Exciting times ahead, and the future is starting now. Catch on with us!

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I'll be rounding these up every week---as the teams march forward towards history----so keep an eye here for the latest developments from your moon race!

For the full skinny on *everything* that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogs, team social, and team videos. You can also sign up for the XPRIZE newsletter to get cool PRIZE news in your inbox!

~Nick Azer, resident history nerd/blogger dude/Moon advocate extraordinaire

[June 27th-July 10th, 2014. Two week edition for the July 4th holiday!]

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