Moon Race Roundup: Being Mighty
The Moon teams introduce you to rocket labs, moon mining robots, and their own personal stories.
By Nick Azer on August 22, 2014
This week, on the road to the Moon…
"The Google Lunar XPRIZE competition has given us the opportunity to do something grand, to drive kids to STEM, and do something mighty!"
That was team SpaceIL , who sat down for an hour-long Hangout all about their team, their dreams, and the excitement of the Moon!
That was part 7 of our monthly Google Lunar XPRIZE Team hangout series, brilliantly hosted by Cosmoquest. For a whole lot of inspiration, catch all six previous hangouts here! (Great to watch, or listen to! Fire one up on audio for the commute to work if you don't have time to watch.)
Even in a comparatively quiet week (last week was a doozy, with Lockheed Martin, Science Channel, CNET, CNN, Morgan Freeman, and more all checking in to the competition), the Moon teams are out there getting legendary work done!
Astrobotic 's Polaris moon mining robot has been getting its wheels dirty out in the field:
While Penn State Lunar Lion worked on their Moon mission in the Student Union and elsewhere:
While also making progress on their brand new lab/mission HQ, including this epic mural:
You can hear about some of his star-struck passion and inspiration in this Hangout we did with the team, back in May:
Tim Pickens, of course, is famous for his many rocket exploits---including strapping them to pickup trucks (and bicycles)--and being a major part of the first XPRIZE, the Ansari XPRIZE:
There's always a lot of interesting figures and news coming from the Google Lunar XPRIZE, so stay tuned here every week for the latest!
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
[August 16th-22nd, 2014.]